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When I was seven years old growing up in Tangier, I’d sneak out of bed, tiptoe across our darkened house and, standing by a shuttered window that overlooked the patio, listen to conversations. Sometimes, my parents were discussing the latest news in the expat community, or my uncles were over and it was soccer. But sometimes it was Don José, our elderly neighbor. And my grandmother and Don José would go mano a mano in an impromptu storytelling marathon of urban tales, jokes, and gossip.  Those sessions planted the seeds of my love for stories.

I can’t say I like one type of book. Some of my favorites, it’s true, are set  in medieval or ancient times. But if you check my infographic 32 Mind-Benders, you’ll find a variety. Travel narratives. Myths. Sagas. I’m omnivorous. There is more on how I became a writer in the About page, things such as why does a Spaniard write in English, plus ongoing projects. For how I conduct research, click on the Building Worlds page. And finally, best for last, Renaissance Spain shows the landscape of my completed novel, The Red Ribbon. 

Enjoy the site. Feedback and suggestions are welcome. I’m active on Facebook and Twitter. Catch me there, or use the contact form if you’ d like to get in touch with me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Adelaida

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.” ~ Eudora Welty


Historical Novel Society and of the HNS Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter

Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club

Prince William Arts Council