Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things---web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist---but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise. Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
For a complete reading order, check her website's Where To Start page (http://mcahogarth.org/?page_id=3461). Or for a quick-start:
Mindtouch (story of friendship/asexual romance in SF setting)
Earthrise (space adventure romance romp)
The Aphorisms of Kherishdar (sociological SF, philosophical, quiet)
Spots the Space Marine (military SF, tense, quick-paced)
The Worth of a Shell (tri-sexed alien society fantasy)