BORDER TOWN GUIDE: Teachers, librarian, parents, grandmothers, book club enthusiasts, and anyone else who’s interested in using this series with youth…this is for you.

The Border Town Guide is now available via PDF at this link/website:

School Presentations for Youth:
As a former elementary school teacher, I have a special place in my heart for school visits. Plus I believe that it’s important for young people to see people who look like them as real authors. I try to use all of my theater and educator experience to provide an entertaining and inspiring presentation to young audiences across the country. Although my books are primarily for middle and high school students (ages 12-18), I have performed for all ages (kinder- college).
Types of school presentations:

1) Book Reading: 20-minute dramatic reading from either Estrella’s Quinceañera or Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico. Presentations last one hour and include a 20-minute Q&A.

2) Workshops: Author Talk: One-hour presentation about my journey as an author. I provide tips on what I’ve learned about the publishing industry, writing, and promoting books. The presentation is intended for a small class, limit 30 students.

Narrative Voice: This is an hour and a half to two-hour workshop that will help participants tap their creative flow and have fun writing narrative stories.



A one-hour presentation to writers and would-be-writers about my journey as a writer. I admit every published author has a “How to” story–I’m no different. Although I cannot guarantee a contact for every participant, I can provide perspective, inspiration, and lots of laughter. Witness my trials, tribulations, and bad comedic routines as I share/entertain audiences of the journey of a would-be-writer.

“First Kiss” is a one-hour introduction and roller coaster ride into the world of young adult fiction. Learn how to tap into your odd, awkward, inner teenager. Practice harnessing that voice. This is a fun workshop for adults interested in writing for teens.



I am available to speak to audiences ranging from 5 -500 on topics ranging from Latino youth, teen literacy, connecting to communities of color. Please email me for more details.