Jennifer Torres is the award-winning author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen, The Fresh New Face of Griselda, and other books for young readers. She writes stories about home, friendship, and unexpected courage inspired by her Mexican-American heritage. Jennifer started her career as a newspaper reporter, and even though she writes fiction now, she hopes her stories still have some truth in them. She lives with her family in Southern California
I was 17 years old the first time a story of mine was published in a newspaper.
The story was about making tamales with my family— but it was also about love and tradition and growing up.
I think that’s when I started to understand how precious and powerful stories can be. Since then, I’ve been very fortunate to hear and tell many more of them.
After studying journalism at Northwestern University and the University of Westminster, I moved to Stockton, Calif., to work as a reporter for The Record newspaper. I covered education, immigration and other topics related to children and families. I still love the news.
My picture book, Finding the Music/En Pos de la Música, was published in 2015 by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, and my debut middle grade novel, Stef Soto, Taco Queen was published in 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I’m thrilled that Stef has been translated into Korean and Spanish (HarperCollins Español) and has been named to many state reading lists.
My novel, Flor and Miranda Steal the Show (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) was published in 2018 and was inspired by California’s Central Valley where I lived for many years.
And I’m thrilled to share my latest novel, The Fresh New Face of Griselda!
My husband, David Siders, and I have two daughters, Alice and Soledad.
I am represented by Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.