jtorresI was 17 years old —a senior at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, Calif.— 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 super fortunate to hear and tell many more of them.

After studying journalism at Northwestern University and, later, at University of Westminster in London, 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 report for magazines every now and then, and I still love the news.

My first 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).

My novel, Flor and Miranda Steal the Show (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) was published in 2018 and was inspired by my time in California’s Central Valley.

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.


That’s us. Making tamales. Like we mean it.