What's New

Voice of Youth Advocates Review

The Voices of Youth Advocates have come in with a great review of THE SECRET…

New York Public Library Event

I’ve been asked to do a reading and signing at the New York Public Library…

Watch a clip from Fox 5 Good Day Street Talk

It was such fun to be interviewed by Lisa Evers on Fox5 Good Day Street…

Watch me on Fox 5!

I will be on Fox 5′s Good Day Street Talk this coming Saturday, March 29th…

Assembly at Los Angeles School

Assembly at Los Angeles School

Today I did a presentation at Gertz-Ressler High School and Richard Merkin Middle School in…

TSSoE

  • San Francisco Book Review
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – M.T.
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Nate

Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

WHAT THE WHAT

People, there is SNOW ON MY DAFFODILS ON APRIL 15th.  Make that ten minutes into the 16th.  Do I live in Alaska?  The Arctic Circle?  NO.  Gardening hardiness zone 6B, meaning… Forget what it means.  We are going to hell in a hand basket in a hurry is what it means. I am officially losing…

WHAT THE WHAT

First video review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

There are lots of great “firsts” when you publish a novel. Tonight was another cool one: a reader created the first-ever video review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY. I love it. Check it out. It’s sincere and succinct and insightful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vo2Yr39O7k…

First video review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

I first heard The Rainbow Connection when a teacher played it for me in the fourth grade, preparing us to sing it for a school pageant.  It came into my life at a scary time for me.  I had just come over the U.S./Mexico border undocumented a year before.  I had started my first-ever  year…

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

Voice of Youth Advocates Review

The Voices of Youth Advocates have come in with a great review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.  Here’s a snippet: “Andreu’s debut novel paints a realistic, yet hopeful, portrayal of the challenges of undocumented immigrants. M.T.’s first person narration gives readers an intimate view of the precarious nature of her life. Fueled by Andreu’s…

Immigration

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks…

Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

Facebook Thoughts