Anita Ramirez is a writer and teacher who transforms dispassionate teens into lovers of books — one reader at a time. She knew she wanted to be a writer when she was five years old and her grandmother gifted her an old, black metal Royal typewriter that she had bought at a second-hand store.

 

From that point on, Anita spent many hours at that typewriter crafting stories.  In high school, she used to carry around a notebook so that she could write her observations about the people and situations around her, which she would later turn into stories. 

 

As a kid, she was an insatiable reader who read every book in the Nancy Drew Mysteries series. Twice. Her love of reading continued throughout her teen years, when she would only put down a novel long enough to pick up another one.

 

She started her debut YA novel, the soon to be published Miss Americana, in 2007, put it down for several years, and then finally finished it in 2020. During that time, she was busy teaching Hispanic and Latinx Literature to high school students from Central America.

 

She loves the poetry of Pablo Neruda, teen movies from the 1980s and café con leche.