Once upon a time a hurricane sent me and mine flying from Miami toward the pines of Georgia where I grew up beside a muddy creek and picked up a Southern drawl.

After returning to the swamps of Florida, I met and married the boy who stole my heart and CDs in high school. I’m a proud UF Gator who used to shelve your books at the library. Before that I sold dinosaur toys from a cart at a very magical theme park.

I now write about Latinas chasing their dreams, falling in love, and navigating life in the hyphen.

Fueled by cafecitos and Waffle House, I have a deep love for video games, carefully curated playlists, thrift stores, and walking into the sea every chance I get.

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Nina Moreno is a debut YA writer who graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Florida. Her writing is somewhere between Southern fiction and a telenovela and is inspired by the folklore and stories passed down to her from her Cuban and Colombian family. She now lives by a swamp outside of Orlando with her high school sweetheart turned husband and their two kids. DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS is her first novel. She is represented by Laura Crockett of TriadaUs.