Mayra still remembers the exact moment when she decided one day she would write novels. She was twelve years-old curled up with a copy of Isabel Allende’s Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) in her home in Puerto Rico. Inspired by Allende and later by Gabriel García Marquez she decided journalism was the best career choice for someone who wanted to tell stories.
Since then, Mayra has worked as a t.v. and digital journalist for CNN, HLN, In Session on truTV (Court TV) and EFE International News Agency.
She has reported on domestic and international events but nothing compared to the thrill of finishing her first fiction manuscript.
Mayra has a bachelor’s in communications and master’s in investigative journalism. She has taught workshops on research for writers at the Romance Writers of America national conference. She also volunteers with the We Need Diverse Books organization.
When she is not working on a story, Mayra volunteers at her local Buddhist meditation center, where she serves on the board of directors. She is also an avid traveler and cook.
Mayra lives north of Atlanta with her husband, also a journalist, two teenage step-sons and their cat. Their family’s claim to fame was appearing in Season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers.
In her blog, MayraCuevas.com she writes about craft, publishing, culture and spirituality. Follow her on Twitter @MayraECuevas