Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I am an #ownvoices author, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. I fell in love with the English language by reading children's novels and made a career out it (B.A. in English, M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics).
Career A former full professor at Miami Dade College, I taught Creative Writing, English Composition, Survey of Children’s Literature, and Issues in Literature and Culture. I advised the college’s award-winning literary magazine and received three Endowed Teaching Chairs in the Humanities while at the college, among various other state and national awards. t.
Author I have published several picture books for young children, some for the educational market, and magazine and newspaper articles for adults. I now lead a Miami, Florida SCBWI critique group and am a nonfiction judge for Rate Your Stories. Besides SCBWI, I am a member of many other children's writing groups, such as STEAMTeamBooks, 12X12 Challenge, NFFest, and more.
Family My brother, Mauro Magellan, is the illustrator of several of my books as well as many of his own. Husband James Gersing takes photographs of all the animals we see, many for my books. My great loves are my two remarkable children, a precious grandson, still living, one living in my heart.