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.


Kids' Corner



This is a bilingual (Spanish – English) story about King Rascal (a cat) and Lilly (a dog) and how King Rascal finally came to appreciate the talents of  nuisance Lilly.  The book is for parents and educators teaching Spanish or English. It includes a vocabulary list, after the story.




In the middle of the night, Grandma takes her grandson to the woods to celebrate his birthday. The animals of the forest, big and small, all come to the party and everyone has a great time! This book is the first of a series of bilingual stories about a Grandmother and her grandson and the adventures they share while enjoying nature. 


What is inside that wiggly, smelly bundle they brought home? The cat and the dog want to know! This delightful, bilingual story will help children and adults enhance their english and spanish, while they solve the mystery. The book contains a vocabulary list to use as an educational tool.


In the middle of the night Grandma takes her grandson to play in the sky. How much fun they have playing with the planets, the stars, and the comets. This is the second book in a series of bilingual stories aimed to enhance the language skills and vocabulary of the readers, while enjoying an adventure in nature.

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