"I thought I was a boy, until I got
boobies. That was a sucky day."
Annette’s writing is tightly bound to her experience as a Mexican American. Her parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. Annette's father was a migrant farmworker when he married his fifteen-year-old bride.
Annette was named after a Mouseketeer. While in her teens she worked at Disneyland where she was forced to wear a paper hat and a name tag. When customers asked if 'Annette Funichello' was her mother, she would say, deadpan, “Yes.” At 21, Annette moved to San Francisco. She spent the next decade backpacking around the world, touring nearly every continent on her own.
Annette is the author of The Directory of Saints (Dutton/Penguin), which appeared in hardback in 1996 and was translated to Spanish. Her second book, Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico (Putnam/Berkely), published in 1998, was purchased by no one. It is one of the first modern works preserving this rich oral tradition. Spitfire (Thomas & Mercer) 2012, a whodunnit mystery, was translated to German. She's on the final revision of her fourth book and second novel, 10,000 Souls.
Annette lives in Washington State with her environmental marine biologist partner, Philip and their sweet, but really stupid golden retriever.
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