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. It was translated into Spanish for the Latin American market. Her second book, Homegrown Healing: Traditional Home Remedies from Mexico (Putnam/Berkeley), published in 1998, is one of the first modern works preserving this rich oral tradition. It was purchased by a dozen relatives and a few of her friends. Her novel, Spitfire (Thomas & Mercer), 2012, is the first mystery novel featuring a Lantinx protagonist. The book was translated to German and recorded as an audiobook. 10,000 Souls is her fourth book and second novel.
Annette lives in Washington State with her environmental marine biologist partner, Philip, and their sweet, but really, really stupid golden retriever.