I’m from Mathis, Texas.  It’s a small south Texas town of about 5,000 people where we drove in circles around the Pizza Hut for fun on Friday nights after football games. Even though I was adopted at birth, I’ve always known I was Mexican American and am proud of the narrative I carry into the world though it has not always been an easy one.

As an author, I won the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award in 2004 for my first novel, Prizefighter En Mi Casa. What followed was: the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award,a National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book and made the NYC PublicLibrary Teenage List. Check out the Reviews on Amazon.com

My second novel Feels Like Home released April 2007 to critical praise and award

My third novel, Fat Angie, released through Candlewick in March 2013, and won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award in 2014. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience,

I co-founded a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called
Never Counted Out.

Currently, I’m directing my second feature documentary, A Cultural of Silence
for GLSEN Cincinnati, writing two novels plus a trilogy and the Fat Angie sequel
releases in 2019.

Drop me a line CLICK HERE! I’ll do my best to quickly reply.

Wanna see more of  me in the spotlight? Click highlighted for Meet At Human or The Pirate Tree’s interview.