In a nutshell
I write children’s picture books and middle grade novels. I also offer a Master Course on Picture Book Writing and Editing and various Picture Book critique services. I’m a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and an active 12×12er. My agent is Essie White at Storm Literary Agency.
At the moment, I’m working on a novel picture books series that depicts science as it really is: an epic adventure, complete with heroes, villains and amazing super powers. Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence is the first book in the series. You can learn more about it by clicking on the image below.
I have always been (and forever will be) a storyteller. Along the way, however, I’ve done some other pretty cool things as well:
- I grew up in Mexico in a bi-lingual and bi-cultural home (Mexican and American). Being fully immersed in these two cultures from an early age played a huge role in shaping who I am and the many paths my life has taken.
- After high school, my family lived in the South of France for a year. We lived in a tiny house nestled at the foothills of the St. Victoire. It was tight quarters for a family of five, but a small price to pay for broadening our horizons.
- 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).
- I taught English and Spanish in a small village in southern Japan. My house was surrounded by rice fields and toads that serenaded the moon.
- I was an intercultural trainer, working with children to help them adjust to their homes and lives in new and foreign lands.
- 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 oldest son came along during my second year of law school.
- I had two more kids, all of whom have taught me that the above pales in comparison to being their mother.
I’m originally from Mexico but have put down roots in the US, France, Japan, and most recently Germany where I reside with my husband and three kids.
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!