My country of origin is the Dominican Republic, an island in the Caribbean. I am a mother of three adult children and grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters. I lived in the Queens section of New York City. I attended college in the D.R. and continued my education in New York. I earned my Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees, majoring in Urban Studies. My love for knowledge paved the way to obtain a Paralegal Certificate from York College, NY and an Interpreter and Translator (Spanish-English) Certificate from The New York University (NYU). I became an activist in my neighborhood and was able to advocate for social justice and human rights. I was the recipient of an award in 2012 for Excellent Community Service from Queens College. In 2013 I was a candidate for City Council, second place in a six-runners electoral district. In 2016 I moved to Massachusetts, and one of my childhood dreams started to take shape: Begin my training as a painter. The Hill Institute was the home where I discovered the profound joy I experience when painting. I continue learning the trade at the Holyoke Community College (HCC) where drawing and painting continues to be a big part of my life. HCC is also the place where I have improved my creative writing and literature skills. Writing is another source of creativity that feeds my soul and lifts my spirit. A Doll for Christmas is my first published book. My goal is that my books contribute to children’s educational experience; a place where fantasy and history are intertwined to offer young readers, teachers, and parents an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of my country of origin. My second children' book was published last month by Silver Street Media. The title is Botija: A Lost and FoundTreasure. You can purchase the books directly from the publisher or Amazon.com.