I write young adult novels about quirky characters learning to navigate life and love. I can be found drooling over leather jackets, haunting my favorite coffee shops, and wishing I was in London or Paris.
I’m a former teacher who loves words––how they sound, the shapes and colors of them, and most of all, combining them into stories that will hopefully make you laugh a lot, and maybe cry a little.
I’m a Cuban-American Californian and treasure my husband and two superstar children.
My writing is repped by Natascha Morris at BookEnds Literary and my debut, THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS published 10/08/19 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins, and A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW publishes fall 2020 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster.
Random stuff about me:
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Food addictions: Grilled cheese and tomato soup, avocado toast, cake, ramen
- Places I can’t wait to visit: Greece, Bali, Ireland, Thailand, Switzerland, Australia
- Instruments I can play: Piano, synth, other instruments with keys (except the accordion and probably a pipe organ)
- Favorite amusement park: Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida
- If I could live anywhere in the world: London
- A few favorite YA authors: Nicola Yoon, Julie Buxbaum, Rachel Lynn Soloman, Mary Pearson, Kit Frick, Stephanie Garber, Mindy McGinnis, Nina Moreno
- How I deal with tough times: Faith, family, and friends
- I’m not good at: Running/jogging, gardening, not freaking out on roller coasters
- Favorite classics: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Count of Monte Cristo