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Maria E. Andreu


Maria E. Andreu

From Maria's well-written, honest, and quite hilarious bio from her website (to do it the best justice):

"Presumably, you’ve read some of my writing and you want to know who is responsible for it.  If so, thank you.
At the age of 12, I wrote a diary entry that held one big truth.  It said, “Most of all, I want to be a writer.”   Although it took me decades after that to get a book deal, always, at my core, I’ve been a writer.  I’d like to think I spent the first half of my life watching, which is a very important thing for a writer to know how to do.  Now, I begin my career in telling.  Or, better yet, showing.  (No one likes a writer who tells).
My first novel, The Secret Side of Empty, bears some resemblances to my own life.  But, like all good fiction (fingers crossed, one hopes you’ll agree that it’s good fiction), it is much better than real life.  The answers are snappier.  The outcomes much more clear.    It is about a girl who is undocumented, or “illegal” as most people refer to it.  (I hate that term, but that’s a story for another day).  I, too, was illegal.  It hurt and it carved a deep groove of shame in me.  Luckily, I’ve mostly whittled it away with good friendships, lots of soul searching and, of course, my beloved written word.  The book deal didn’t hurt.
I’ve seen many author bios that give you incontrovertible proof of why the author is someone to be reckoned with.  Awards.  Impressive pictures with famous, even more to-be-reckoned-with people.  A long list of published books.  Besides the fact that I don’t have any of those things, it strikes me that I don’t have to explain my qualifications to write.  I write because it’s what I’m best at.  And my best  is all I’ve got."

Hats off to you, Maria.

Maria E. Andreu

Books by Maria E. Andreu

by Maria E. Andreu - Young Adult 14+
What's it like to be undocumented?  High school senior M.T. knows all too well.  With graduation and an uncertain future looming, she must figure out how to grow up in the only country she's ever called home... a country in which she's "illegal."
M.T. was born in Argentina and brought to America as a baby without any official papers. And as questions of college, work, and the future arise, M.T. will have to decide what exactly she wants for herself, knowing someone she loves will unavoidably pay the price for it.  On the way, M.T. must navigate first love, letting go of her childhood friends as they begin a life she can't share, a difficult relationship with a father who grew up a world away and a mother struggling to find her way in America.  What is it like when the only country you've ever known says you don't belong?