About Me

I am the author of the bestselling and highly-acclaimed middle grade novel, LOTERIA, as well as various picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.

My storytelling is seeded in Mexican culture and mythology, and heavily influenced by the cultural profile of the many countries where I have put down roots throughout my life, including France, Japan, Germany, and the United States.

My stories are often explorations of various philosophical and identity-based themes (inspiring the mind) while also taking readers on riveting magical realist adventures (inspiring the heart).

I currently live in the Chicagoland area with my husband, three kids, and two very lazy cats.

In addition to writing, I also offer a Master Course on Picture Book Writing and Editing and Picture Book critique services.

I’m proud to be a part of the wonderful collective of Latinx writers and illustrators, Las Musas. My amazing agent is Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

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Resources for Writers

Over the years, I’ve relied on a number of excellent resources to guide me in this wonderful journey. These are some of my favorites:

Writing for Children

The Craft of Writing Well

Picture Book Resources

Grammar

Queries

  • Query Shark – excellent advice on what makes a good (and bad) query.
  • Agent Query Connect – forum for all things query, including critiquing.
  • Query Tracker – quick stats on agents’ query response times and comments.
  • Preditors & Editors – educate yourself on the good (and bad) agents out there.
  • Absolute Write – everything you ever wanted to know about specific agents and publishers.
  • Johnell Dewitt – excellent author and agent interviews
  • Literary Rambles – comprehensive and insightful Agent interviews and other goodies.
  • Sub It Club – FB group for all questions about submissions