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.


Maria teaches creative writing workshop to Seattle Escribe at the Seattle Public Library (here June, 2016)

Monthly Spanish book readings (third Thursday of the month) 


BILINGUAL BOOK PRESENTATION “They came home with a bundle” / “Llegaron a casa con un bulto”


Date: May 31st, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Place: Seattle Public Library, 4th floor, room 2

Spanish Literature Reading Circle - Next Meeting

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Date: The third thursday of every month
Place: The Newcastle Library, WA

We are thrilled to announce the launching of our first Spanish Literature Reading circle. This is a friendly gathering of people who enjoy speaking and reading in Spanish and share an interest in Spanish and Latin American culture in general.

For more information, visit my Facebook page!


Free Writing Workshops in Spanish Series: Seattle Public Library 

Starting in February 1st, 2014,  I will be teaching a series of Narrative workshops in Spanish at the Seattle Public Library. The workshops are once a month on saturdays and are FREE to the public.

If you would like to sign up please register to receive my newsletter here.



Seattle University Conference: The Search for Meaning Book Festival

I am thrilled to be among the 45 authors presenting at this year’s Search for Meaning Book Festival in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, February 15th, 2014.

For more information about the conference, please refer to the conference website. 

Here is the information posted in their website:

“En la búsqueda de la justicia: el recorrido desde el litigio hacia la mediación.” ("The Quest for Justice: A personal Journey from Litigation to Meditation")
Esta sesión será en Español (SESSION PRESENTED IN SPANISH)




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