Angela was born in Virginia, raised in Central Florida, and is now living in beautiful North Carolina with her husband and two wonderful children. She enjoys writing, the beach, reading, baking/cooking, cycling, embroidering 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.
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. Writing for children proves that imagination is timeless. I write spherically and in many directions: picture books, and middle grade with elements of diversity, multiculturalism, humor, and quirkiness. David McCullough Jr. said, “Climb the mountain to see the world, not so the world can see you.” I write and illustrate with the intention of being able to see the world, not so that the world can see me. In order to do so I remain curious, just like my inquisitive children. Diversity is beautiful and timeless, a part of everyone’s life. Children’s books need to reflect that. 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.
Who am I: Biography
I am a mother to two elementary-aged children and a wife living in beautiful North Carolina. My heritage is rich: Mexican, Spanish, Native American, Italian, Irish, Polish, and English. The characteristic I identify with most, though, is that I am hand 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. The best way I know to do this, is through my writing. My obstacles are similar to her obstacles, just as they are similar to the obstacles of many children and adults across the globe. My story is also their story, and our diversity needs to be told, 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 she wrote on the ancient home computer with friends. 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, Hot Cocoa, and Champurrado
- Her mom’s tamales and tortillas
- Raisinets, 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 Lenox
- 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 SNickerson 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…
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?