ABOUT ADRIA QUINONES
I am a life-long New Yorker of Spanish and Puerto Rican heritage, and am the first generation on both sides of my family to speak English as my first language. Washington Heights has been my home since right after college. Now I live here with my husband and son, in an apartment that overlooks the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. I’m the author of three middle-grade novels, and multiple picture books in verse.
I continue to be an SCBWI member in order to support creatives from all marginalized communities.
I’ve had so many conversations with women my age about how important “A Wrinkle in Time” was to us when we were 12 or 13, because the main character was a smart girl. Until then, it seemed like most of the books we read had boy protagonists. As a Latinx New Yorker, I had to wait until I read Junot Diaz’ “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” in 2007 to feel the excitement of reading a book where Latinx heritage was reflected in a way that felt authentic. I write to offer that kind of experience to someone else. I write to reflect of our culture, from family to food to language, of wanting to fit in in two worlds, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking, and sometimes not feeling at home in either. And our complicated, unpronounceable names!
My hope is to portray an experience that is recognizable to Latinx people, but interesting to anyone.