I write picture books and middle grade stories with diverse characters in everyday situations. Sometimes I infuse my own experiences growing up as a bilingual half-Latina, half-British girl living in a diverse New Jersey community while playing sports and spending summers visiting family in the Dominican Republic.
My favorite stories to read and write are ones that pull me across the emotional spectrum, from humorous to heartwarming. I can never stop learning, so much so that I’ve earned six college degrees, including an MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University. I’ve illustrated two books – “The Hero in You” and “My Body Belongs to Me” – and was chosen as a semi-finalist for the SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award.
My illustrations are colorful, bold and full of texture. The best mediums to use are the messy ones – batik, collage, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics. Photoshop helps put my illustrations together, like a digital collage. My work is mostly influenced by Eric Carle, Rafael López, Ezra Jack Keats, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Yuyi Morales, David Diaz, Raul Colón, and Denise Fleming.
When I’m not writing or illustrating, you can find me being creative in my art studio, sewing, walking along Florida beaches with my son collecting shells, singing songs from “Hamilton,” and cooking with my Ninja Foodi.
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My son Alonzo,
my pride and joy.