PABLO CARTAYA is the co-author of the popular picture book, Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House Children’s Books). He recently finished two Upper Middle Grade novels while a graduate student at Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children & Young Adults. He was a finalist for the VCFA-WCYA Critical Thesis Scholarship for his paper on incorporating Spanish into English stories for children and young adults. He received his BA from Loyola Marymount University’s Writing Program and will be graduating from VCFA with a Master of Fine Arts degree in July 2014. He currently divides his time between writing, school, working as the Literary Programs Manager at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy-South Beach (www.betsywritersroom.com) and playing dinosaur pirate princess with his two rather perfect kids. His family is the peace and meditation on life’s most powerful and beautiful things.