In a nutshell
Awesome upcoming project:
Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence (Sourcebooks, 2019): the first book in a picture book series depicting science as it really is – an epic adventure, complete with heroes, villains and amazing super powers.
I have always been (and forever will be) a storyteller. Along the way, however, I’ve done some other pretty cool things as well:
First stop –> Mexico
- I was born and raised in Mexico City.
- I grew up in a bi-lingual (Spanish / English) and bi-cultural home (Mexican / American) home. Being fully immersed in these two cultures played a huge role in shaping my identity.
Next stop –> France
- After high school, my family moved to the South of France for a year.
- We lived in a very small house at the foothills of the St. Victoire (tight quarters for a family of five, but a small price to pay for broadening our horizons).
- We learned French, traveled through Europe on a shoe-string budget, and cemented a lasting bond that still defines each and every one of us.
Moving on to –> USA
- In Indiana – I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where I learned how to be a grown-up (and also a philosopher and writer).
- [Brief post-college interlude in Japan where I taught English and Spanish in a very small city. My house was surrounded by rice fields and toads that serenaded the moon].
- In Chicago and Boston – I worked as an intercultural trainer, teaching families how to adjust to their new homes and cultures in foreign countries.
- In New York – I received a law degree at Columbia University where I learned how to be a critical and analytical thinker (and also a mother when my son came along during my second year of law school).
- I had two more kids, all of whom have taught me that all of the above pales in comparison to being their mother.
And now –> Germany
- We moved here almost six years ago to have a new adventure (and along the way expose our children to a different part of the world, learn a new language, and expand our horizons). We’ve achieved all of that beyond our wildest dreams!
- I live with my husband, three kids, two cats and one very cool axolotl.
Favorite Online Resources
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
- Kidlit 411
- 12×12 Challenge
- Rachel Burk’s Resources for Children’s Writers – extensive resources for children’s writers.
The Craft of Writing Well
- 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 and dirty 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.
- Literary Rambles – comprehensive and insightful Agent interviews and other goodies.
- Sub It Club – FB group for all questions about submissions
Hope this helps!