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Maria de Lourdes


I am a bilingual writer born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, currently residing in the state of Washington. I write novels, short stories and children’s books. I wrote my first novel, Los Hijos Del Mar (The children of the sea) because I wanted my sons to know their ancestry and to be proud of their heritage. The story, set during the late nineteenth century in México and in Spain, is based on the lives of my ancestors, the Victorias, who made a name for themselves in México’s pharmaceutical industry, and the Muguiras, Spanish immigrants who found success cultivating and trading coffee seeds. The novel weaves both families’ sagas into a shared destiny and their intertwined tales becomes, finally, the love story of my parents. Click here to read a chapter of Los Hijos del Mar.

My second novel, Más allá de la Justicia (Beyond Justice) is a farewell to my former profession as a litigator. Through the first-person narrative of my three characters, I bring my reader into the harsh world of our criminal justice system, the complex lives of the accused, and the people who work, relentlessly, in the pursuit of justice. While the novel is not a memoir, my work as a public defender influenced my writing, and the process became therapy, allowing me to understand how the experience had shaped me. Click here to preview Mas Alla De La Justicia

A number of literary journals have published my short stories. The theme that seems to permeate my prose in that genre is the struggle that Latinos face in the United States. My characters are often working women trying to survive in a country that is not their own. The inspiration for the stories often comes from the people I try to help in my current work as a mediator.

I particularly enjoy writing for children. I find the process uplifting, and a good source of balance, especially when the substance of my adult work is often dark, and daunting. The more I explore and learn about this genre, the more it calls to me, especially when I am around my grandchildren, who are my best, and most devoted audience.

Dear Facebook

Dear Facebook:


This is the season to be grateful, so I would like to thank you for all the good you have brought into my life. And because I am the type who likes to give back, I’ve decided to help you with my “consumer profile” by sharing more about me.


So, thanks to you:

1.     I can stay in touch with the people I love, no matter where they live.

2.     I can brag about my grandchildren and no one can stop me. 

3.     I can share my work and even sell my books – for free!

4.     I can invite others to my events and others can invite me.

5.     I can crash parties.

6.     I can renew old friendships, even with people from high school!

7.     I get all my news with interesting commentaries.

8.     I am able to post long postings without word limits (a true gift for this novelist).

9.     I remember everybody’s birthday!

10.  I can log in and log out whenever I want (which OK, tends to be a problem…)

And what should you know about me?

1.     Games. I don’t play computer games, so no candy saga for me.

2.     Shopping. I hate shopping. As soon as I become a best seller I will hire a personal shopper. I don’t even like to shop online but I will buy books. Lots of books. I really wish I could wear them.

3.     Traveling. The only place I travel is to see my grandkids. The rest of my traveling I do through my reading. Yes. I love novels with exotic settings.

4.     Diets. Body image is not my thing but I do want a working brain. Sell me Omega 3 vitamins, please.

5.     Creams. As long as my appearance doesn’t scare my grandchildren, I’ll keep my wrinkles. No wrinkle-free creams for me. The only cream I buy is the one I put in my coffee.

6.     Dental Implants. I still have all my teeth. Besides, my husband is a dentist, which is why I am not afraid to have my peanut butter Reeses Pieces every night. I buy those, by the way.

7.     Dates. I am happily married to the same old man so I am not looking for anyone, except an editor. Is there a WriterEditorMatch.com?

8.     Free Kindle Books. Now you got me. A free Kindle would get me even more.

9.     Jobs. You figured out that I am an author and you think I should get a “real job." My husband agrees. But please know that I would make a very bad counselor, and even a worse nurse. Teaching and writing gigs are my thing.   

{C}10.  In short, here is what I do buy: books and baby clothes. And diapers, not for adults.  Oh, and I do buy toys, but those I get in my favorite store: Goodwill.

I hope this is helpful, and again, thanks for all the fun. You are still my favorite, but please don’t tell anyone, especially that certain little bird … Happy Thanksgiving!

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