Mariana Ríos Ramírez is a Mexican author living in Anderson, South Carolina with her husband, two children and a rescue Chihuahua mix dog named Rogers.

She received a degree in International Business from Tecnológico de Monterrey (México) and a double degree MBA (with specialization in International Business) in Tecnológico de Monterrey and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, USA.

Before becoming a kidlit author, Mariana was a high school teacher for seven years and co-owned an online business of customized party decorations.

Nowadays, Mariana loves writing books for children. She particularly likes themes about diversity, perseverance, friendship, and kindness. She’s a member of SCBWI, Las Musas, Storyteller Academy and Rate your Story. Mariana is represented by Natascha Morris at The Tobias Literary Agency.

Santiago’s Dinosaurios is Mariana’s debut picture book. She’s learned a lot about dinosaurs from her son, who used to be a dino-fan just like Santiago. Mariana's favorite dinosaurs are Triceratops and Stegosaurus.

Abuelita’s Gift will be Mariana’s second picture book. It’s based on the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), and she’s happy and honored to share about this beautiful tradition with little readers.

Besides writing, Mariana is passionate about photography, which has led her to participate in some exhibitions around her area. Other hobbies include singing, traveling, watching k-dramas, and spending time with family and friends.

Three things that Mariana absolutely loves are: dogs, Chai Lattes, and flowers.