eats food, and then writes books
writes books and eats food
Annette's parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. She was born and raised in Santa Ana, California and 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 where she spent the next decade backpacking around the world, touring nearly every continent on her own.
She is the author of The Directory of Saints (Dutton/Penguin), which appeared in hardback in 1996, then in paperback and was translated into Spanish. Her second book, Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico (Putnam/Berkely), was published in 1998. It's one of the first modern works preserving this rich oral tradition and was purchased by about a dozen people. Spitfire (Thomas & Mercer) 2012, features the first Chicana protagonist in the murder mystery genre. It was translated into 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, really stupid golden retriever.