Resilient, a short story in the Foreshadow YA Anthology chosen by Becky Albertalli, sponsored by David Levithan.
Mayra still remembers the exact moment when she decided one day she would write novels. She was twelve years-old curled up with a copy of Isabel Allende’s Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) in her home in Puerto Rico. Inspired by Allende and later by Gabriel García Marquez she decided journalism was the best career choice for someone who wanted to tell stories.
Since then, Mayra has worked as a t.v. and digital journalist for CNN, HLN, In Session on truTV (Court TV) and EFE International News Agency.
She has reported on domestic and international events but nothing compared to the thrill of finishing her first fiction manuscript.
Mayra has a bachelor’s in communications and master’s in investigative journalism. She has taught workshops on research for writers at the Romance Writers of America national conference. She also volunteers with the We Need Diverse Books organization.
When she is not working on a story, Mayra volunteers at her local Buddhist meditation center, where she serves on the board of directors. She is also an avid traveler and cook.
Mayra lives north of Atlanta with her husband, also a journalist, two teenage step-sons and their cat. Their family’s claim to fame was appearing in Season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers.
In her blog, MayraCuevas.com she writes about craft, publishing, culture and spirituality. Follow her on Twitter @MayraECuevas
Represented by: Saritza Hernandez
Salty, Bitter, Sweet
A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.
Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.
The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?
Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.
How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?
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