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Me – the illustrated version

I was 12 years old when I discovered the amazing novels written by Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Following their example, I decided journalism was the best career choice for someone who wanted to tell stories. Since then, my work has appeared in CNN, HLN, In Session on truTV (Court TV) and EFE International News Agency. I have reported on domestic and international events but nothing compared to the thrill of finishing my first fiction manuscript.

I am a native of Puerto Rico and a practicing Buddhist.

Things that make me smile: a meditation retreat, cooking for people I love, traveling somewhere new, staying home on a rainy day, Seinfeld re-runs, playing board games, ice cream sundaes with *all* the toppings, books with funny lines, when my husband suggests EVERY single time that my male protagonists should be based on him.

Other very important stuff you should know before we become friends:

I make an amazing flan (really, ask anyone). 

We decided to make it official, CNN Flan Day is a thing.
We decided to make it official, CNN Flan Day is a thing.

I spent three months in Orlando covering the Casey Anthony trial. I also went to Peru to chase after Joran van der Sloot. My knowledge of violent crimes would surprise you.

Inside the satellite truck that was my second home. The first was my hotel room.
Inside the satellite truck that was my second home. The first was my hotel room.

Our family was featured in Season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. It was awesome.

Chris, Scott, me and Drew after they renovated the house we were selling.
Chris, Scott, me and Drew after they renovated the house we were selling.

I went to the same Catholic school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Enough said.

At my old school in Puerto Rico.
At my old school in Puerto Rico.

Me in first grade looking like I’m in pain. I probably was…
Me in first grade looking like I’m in pain. I probably was…

I am an Island girl. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. I was riding on boats before I was even born.

Hanging out with my yolita in La Parguera. Circa 1999
Hanging out with my yolita in La Parguera. Circa 1999

This is my family. The first time I met my future step-kids, it was during a “friendly” family football game. I ended up in the hospital with an almost concussion and a bent spine. They don’t let me play football anymore.

Me and my white boys.
Me and my white boys.

I’m a cat person.

My cat, Felicia. She loves boxes.
My cat, Felicia. She loves boxes.