Yma Sumac - Chuncho

"I thought I was a boy until I got boobies. That was a pretty sucky day."—Annette Sandoval

Annette’s writing is tightly bound to her experience as a Mexican American. Her parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. Annette's father worked as a migrant worker and later as a janitor in a convent where he was sponsored for green card status. After securing work and papers he sent for 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. Her second book, Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico (Putnam/Berkely), published in 1998, is one of the first modern works preserving this rich oral tradition. Spitfire (Thomas & Mercer) 2012, a whodunnit, was translated to German.

Annette lives in Washington State with her environmental marine biologist partner, Philip, and their sweet, but stupid golden retriever.