Angela was born in Virginia, raised in Central Florida, lived in the beautiful NC Piedmont for eight years, then the Space Coast of Florida, and is now living with her husband, two wonderful children, and husky doodle in a small NC coastal town. She enjoys: writing, the beach, reading, baking/cooking, cycling, collecting skeleton keys, eating fruit tarts, travel, and lots of other cool stuff –see below. She is absolutely positive that adventure is always just around the corner, over the next hill, or just beyond the sun-soaked horizon. Her favorite book is The Secret Garden.
What I do: Artist Statement
My goal is to write vibrant and playful stories that stand the test of time, books that children love to read over and over again. Imagination is timeless which is one of the biggest reasons I write. I write picture books, and middle grade with elements of diversity, multiculturalism, humor, and quirkiness. Diversity is beautiful, a part of everyone’s life. Children’s books need to reflect that. My aim is to write about deaf and hard of hearing characters as well as Hispanic and Latin American characters that have a mix of European ancestry because I am all of that too. When diverse and inimitable writing touches the lives’ of children, they see what they can become, they imagine all the limitless possibilities available to them and they realize, they too, are important and need to be proud of who they are. They realize that it is amazing to be as colorful as they are, and then they stretch their wings and fly high.
Who am I: Biography
I am a mother to two teenagers and a wife living in NC. My heritage is rich: Mexican, Spanish, Native American, Italian, Irish, Polish, and English. The characteristic I identify with most, though, is that I am hard of hearing, “not deaf enough,” and “not hearing enough.” I’ve always had one foot in the hearing world and one foot in the deaf world. I get to pass those rich experiences on to my daughter who is hard of hearing as well and to my son who is hearing. The best way I know to do this, is through my writing. My obstacles are similar to that of many deaf across the globe and our stories are many, inimitable, and diversified. There aren’t many books with deaf characters in them and so few of them are written by deaf people. Our diversity needs to be told through our eyes, shared and loved—together—one book at a time.
- Stories written during elementary school. I still have them!
- A neighborhood newsletter titled, “The Daily Carpet,” alas it was short lived, but chock full of hilarious short stories which I wrote on an ancient desktop computer with my best friend. This was just the beginning of a beautiful relationship with writing.
- Giggling in the middle of the night with loved ones, split sides and all
- Writing, writing, writing. Oh, and reading.
- Spending time with familia
- Cycling with friends
- The beach
- Horchata, H2O, Hot Cocoa, Bai drinks, and herbal teas
- Her mom’s tamales and tortillas
- Magnum bars and fruit
- Flan and Tres Leches cake
- Homemade fruit tarts
- Movies and music
- PB, YA, MG, and art
Literary Crushes or Heros/ Heroines (not necessarily in this particular order):
- Mistress Mary Lennox
- Peter Pan
- Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet
- Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting: Eternal. Whew! knocked the wind out of me.
- Esperanza from Esperanza Rising
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
- Felicity from A Snicker of Magic
- Zorro: Who doesn’t love this do-gooder who always escapes the bad guys?
- Don Juan de Marco: Que romantica? Yes!
- Montresor of The Cask of Amontillado: he might be deranged whilst seeking revenge but gosh…he’s the guy to go to if you want the ultimate revenge. He’ll do you a clever one). Poe sure knows his twisted dark side well. It’s no wonder he aced this one.
- Dantes from the Count of Monte Cristo: he is intelligent, honest, direct, and loving (in the loyal passionate sense but poor thing turns bitter in his revenge. You have to read the book to find out if he comes to his senses. Every one loves a guy who can rise from the dust.
…there are so many many more but I’ll spare you.
Research anything and everything, because it is the biggest adventure you will encounter–plenty of twists, turns, and often many strange delights.
Que sera sera…
C’est la vie…
Ciao! Adios! See you around!
P.S. – She credits her mother, Ana Peña McGinnis, for her flare for learning and her insatiable love for books. Can you guess where she got her nom de plume?