Cecilia Velástegui was born in Ecuador and raised in California and France. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California and speaks four languages. She has traveled to more than sixty countries, and serves on the board of directors of several educational and cultural institutions. She is also an accomplished public speaker, and has been invited to present her fables at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and has participated as panelist, moderator, lecturer and performer in numerous recognized events. Cecilia continues to garner praise for her psychological thrillers with historical intrigue. She was awarded first place by the International Latino Book Awards for her novels Missing in Machu Picchu (2013) and Traces of Bliss (2012). Gathering the Indigo Maidens (2011) was a finalist for the Mariposa Award. The Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres international organization have selected her novels for the National Latino Book Club. Her historical novel Parisian Promises (2014) received a Five Star pre-release review from Foreword Reviews and a Recommended Level Review by the US Review of Books. Velástegui is known as the Fabulous Fableist™ for her bilingual children’s fables. Her fable about the newest mammal in the Western Hemisphere, Olinguito Speaks Up – Olinguito alza la voz (2013). Cecilia lives with her family in Monarch Beach, California.
Topics of conversation
- Traveling and her writing
- Researching intriguing foreign historical facts for her stories
- Influence of her travels in her life
- Back story of her book’s colorful character Madam Carot De Pichet
- Velastegui’s children’s books