Meet the ¿Qué Más? Writers

  • I was born and raised in Chile until I moved to New York when I was 11 years old. My family went back to Chile but I stayed behind after marrying a very supportive Gringo of Irish descent. We have two beautiful children (a boy and a girl, ages 14 and 16 respectively). I am  proud of my Latin culture and roots and work hard at retaining and passing on my heritage and traditions to my kids. I love all types of food, spending time with my familia, music, diversity and constant discovery. I feel fortunate to be able to take the best of my two cultures and create my own!


    I know I'm Latina when... I love, when I celebrate and when I feel pain!
    Lucia Ballas-Traynor

    Lucia Ballas-Traynor

  • I recently joined the wonderful world of motherhood and have the honor of being baby FDR's mama. I'm half Nicaraguan, half Spanish but was born in Miami (305 baby!). When I'm not home posting cute videos of my son on FB or trying to figure out new ways to make him laugh, I'm out and about covering fashion, entertainment, lifestyle and community news for several print and online publications including The Miami Herald. I live in South Florida with my handsome husband Matt and our second son, our dog Oreo. 
    Daysi Calavia-Robertson

    Daysi Calavia-Robertson

  • I'm a food lover who enjoys traveling and Social Media. I've created my blog Comiendoenla.com in 2011 as result of all my passions. Since then, I've written for different publications and I'm a current contributor for Qué Rica Vida. I love going to concerts, watching movies and exploring new places in my beautiful city of Los Angeles.


    I know I'm Latina when... I can't hear Salsa without wanting to dance ;)
    Natalia Carter

    Natalia Carter

  • I was born and raised in New York City and graduated from St. John's University as a Journalism and English major, where I was a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Torch, and an on-air host and producer for the school's television club, WRED-TV. I have interned at Parenting, Self, Big Apple Parent magazines, and Hollywoodlife.com. I love everything fitness and nutrition and enjoy trying out new foods.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...my non-latino friends tell me I'm shouting, but in my head I'm speaking in my normal tone of voice.
    Giselle Castro

    Giselle Castro

  • I am a content producer for Hispanic media. I love writing about lifestyle, women, food and health topics. I have been nominated for my features three times; I am also mentoring other Latinas in developing a career in Hispanic media. I live in New York.

     

    Alejandra Chaparro

    Alejandra Chaparro

  • Before MamásLatinas, I was the Senior Editor at People en Español and my multimedia journalism career has taken me from the digital world, to TV, radio, social media and press rooms. I'm a proud mexicana, positive by nature, blessed with an amazing family, profoundly happy and thankful to be able to live my Mami Avenutras with my little guys, 7-year-old Emilio and 6-year-old José Luis, and to have my Ivano, the most wonderful man in the world.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I crave chiles en nogada any time of the year!
    Tania Cháidez

    Tania Cháidez

  • My life is a beautiful tapestry threaded with contradictions. My dad was the cook and nurturer. I was raised to be the professional woman I became (I've worked for companies of the caliber of The Wall Street Journal). Having children turned my world upside down. From manicures every week I became one of those moms that makes bread from scratch. It is not unusual for me to be taking notes from an interview while surrounded by piles of laundry waiting to be folded.


    I know I'm Latina when... i wouldn't survive without at least one telenovela a day!
    Alicia Civita

    Alicia Civita

  •  I’m a pianist and writer who studied journalism and music. I live in English and Spanish, visit my native Colombia yearly but love my multicultural U.S. life. As a wife and mother of two teens, balancing everything with my job as executive director of Latin content for Billboard and host of TV show Estudio Billboard is a challenge. Add my life as a novelist (my second baby, The Second Time We Met—www.leilacobo.com-- is out in February) and my plate is full. Nothing a manicure and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc can’t fix! 

     

     

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    I know I'm Latina when... I point with my mouth :)
    Leila Cobo

    Leila Cobo

  • I'm Deborah, online I'm  @TruthfulMommy. I'm the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood. I am a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mami who's trying to do it all well. I live in the Midwest with my 2 little girls and my husband. I love them more than I thought was possible and my greatest hope is that I raise them well. I have a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend my days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain my sanity. I talk a lot. I may not always say what you want to hear but it will always be my honest viewpoint.


    I know I'm Latina when... my inner monologue is in spanglish.
    Deborah Cruz

    Deborah Cruz

  • I started writing fiction when I was 9. As a kid I wrote 6 novels on the orange sheets of paper that used to separate X-Rays. My dad brought them home for me. Fast forward a lifetime, I am now on my 7th book Poder de Mujer: Descubre quien eres para crear el éxito a tu medida which comes out in English in April 2013. I'm known for my work in education, career development & woman empowerment. I'm the founder of Latinos in College & the Red Shoe Movement. But watch out, my next book is a novel!


    I know I'm Latina when... I get extra service anywhere where people speak Spanish when I address them in Spanish!
    Mariela Dabbah

    Mariela Dabbah

  • I'm a lover of music and letters, but journalism is a passion. I've worked in several media outlets in both the United States and my native Venezuela. Traveling is an important part of my inspiration, while I look for a place where I can color all the stories I love to tell.

    Griseida Díaz

    Griseida Díaz

  • I am a Venezuelan journalist. I've been a reporter for 20 years, first in Venezuela now in the United States. I've been living in the U.S. for 7 years, initially in Miami and now in Houston. I have an "empty nest" now that my son is off to college but I am delighted to see him reach his goals. When I'm not reading, I write stories. In the little spare time I have, I enjoy taking my beagle, "Mozart," for long walks. I don't exist without a cup of coffee in the morning. And, I can't deny it, I'm movie buff at heart. 


    I know I'm Latina when... Sunday breakfast always includes: arepitas, black beans and avocado!
    Milagros Durán

    Milagros Durán

  • I'm Alfonso Duro, a Spanish journalist, and I've lived in the U.S. for 18 years of my life. During that time, I've learned many things, one of them has been loving and adoring women, instead of trying to understand them! I've worked for various media outlets including Univision.com, Yahoo.com, ESPN, XM Radio, and I've collaborated with Ocean Drive, Maxim, and Siempre Mujer magazines. After 6 years in New York City, I now live in Madrid, and I hope to bring to the old country the amazing Latino treatment toward women.

    Alfonso Duro

    Alfonso Duro

  • I arrived to the United States from Mexico when I was selected for the Nieman Fellowship for Journalists at Harvard University in 2004. Since then, I have transitioned from print media to television and finally to the Internet, co-founding the digital content company Social Couturier, and starting my own blog, Mami Glammy. At 39, after I moved from New York to Miami, I became Cristina's mom, and later Guillermo's. By far the best project I have had in my whole life.


    I know I'm Latina when... everybody leaves the table and I want sobremesa
    Ana Cristina Enríquez

    Ana Cristina Enríquez

  • I was born and raised in a small Venezuelan city. At 15, I was working for a radio show, which made me fall in love with communications so much, that I moved to Caracas to study journalism. For the last 10 years, I've been editor of a weekly magazine. However, my most visible (and noisiest!) job is as mom to Matthew, a little gentleman who keeps me happily occupied. I must confess that I often "cook" frozen food hoping no one will be able to tell the difference! And my dog, Jojo, secretly runs my household.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I think of arepas with any mention of breakfast.
    Alejandra Escobar-Ryan

    Alejandra Escobar-Ryan

  • I'm a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas and a proud Dominicana! I was born and raised in Queens, New York and currently live in Brooklyn. I graduated from Baruch College with a Journalism major and English Literature Minor in 2009, interned at various magazines like SELF, Latina, Popular Science and InStyle, and recently worked as the Associate Editor for Vivala.com 


    I know I'm Latina when... I can literally eat tacos every day.
    Johanna Ferreira

    Johanna Ferreira

  • I'm Cuban and I love to tell stories, especially those that have a happy ending. Every professional choice is a journey and MamásLatinas is my new adventure. My family and my friends are that second half that inspire me and motivate me. I'm the protagonist in this miracle called life and every moment is precious.

    Marlene Fuentes

    Marlene Fuentes

  • I'm the mom to a toddler boy and baby girl. I was born in Medellín, Colombia and came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old. These days, I'm trying to keep up with my kids, who keep me busier than I could have ever imagined! I live in the N.Y.C. area with my amazing hubby, our kids, and two crazy chihuahuas, Pablo and Arnoldo.


    I know I'm Latina when... I speak in English to my kids, and then immediately tell them the same thing in Spanish.
    Yuliana Gomez

    Yuliana Gomez

  • I am a writer, editor and aspiring memoir author. When I'm working on my book about growing up Cuban & Russian or blogging about my 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com, you can often find me checking out a new pizza or brunch spot.


    I know I'm Latina when... I wear bright, vibrant colors in any season, for any occasion. Oh, and lots of animal print!
    Irina Gonzalez

    Irina Gonzalez

  • Most know me for my dramatic role as Eva in the 2007 drama Freedom Writers. I have been able to inspire audiences while starring in award winning TV dramas, including my 2010 SAG nominated role as Cira on Dexter. When I'm not acting or preparing to be a mom, I'm a motivational speaker & spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I also founded the annual L.O.V.E. Walk (Love Overcomes Violence Eternally), an annual day dedicated to solidarity and awareness to help put an end to domestic violence.

    April Hernandez Castillo

    April Hernandez Castillo

  • Ingrid Hoffman has managed to become one of the most loved TV food personalities in the U.S. with her successful cooking and lifestyle shows, Simply Declicioso (Food Network/The Cooking Channel) and Delicioso. In 2010, Ingrid joined forces with media giant Univision to bring her Delicioso brand to a new level. Ingrid and Delicioso are shown across a wide range of cooking segments and other formats across Unvision networks, including on the hit morning show Despierta América.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...a pressure cooker and adobo are constants in my kitchen, as is Vicks VapoRub in my night table!
    Ingrid Hoffman

    Ingrid Hoffman

  • When I'm asked what I do, I very proudly respond that I'm a full-time mom to two wonderful girls. I'm also a journalist and I have to confess that writing is one of my huge passions. I am also a very practical woman, love reading, decoration magazines and family life. I enjoy the outdoors, long walks, afternoons in the park and weekends at the beach.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I greet my friends with a huge warm hug.
    Sofi Jaramillo

    Sofi Jaramillo

  • I'm a bilingual and bicultural Latina living in Florida with my quirky blended family and a loving dog I'm still struggling to train. I'm also a runner, a dancer, a speaker, and a social media junkie. I have 17 books to my name so far and most recently I founded Viva Fifty! an online bilingual community to celebrate life at 50+. I was Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse and managing editor at VOXXI and an expert guide at About.com. I write and edit for different online outlets and love every minute of it. My life is hectic but productive and fun! I love to make others smile. 


    I know I'm Latina when... I use my hands to speak!
    Lorraine C. Ladish

    Lorraine C. Ladish

  • I love my job and I enjoy being in contact with those around me. Family is my priority and I have a special relationship with my dad. I miss my mom a lot, but I know she's right next to me every step I take. I'm excitedly awaiting the arrival of my first baby and looking forward to having this blessing in my arms. I love traveling, fashion, shoes and home decor, but I'm not very good in the kitchen. 


    I know I'm Latina when... I spend hours watching telenovelas.
    Adamari López

    Adamari López

  • I'm a Venezuelan journalist and mom to Alejandro. I live in New York City and specialize in covering community topics that can help the millions of Latina moms to get the best out of this country and their surroundings.

    Carolina Ledezma

    Carolina Ledezma

  • I like to say that I'm a writer who loves to cook and a cook who likes to write. I've lived in Caracas (where I was born and raised), Madrid, Geneva, New York and southern California. My two kids and I now call Miami home. Life for us is all about homework, basketball, my work, daily walks and swimming, and of course my cooking adventures and a newly found love for food and cocktails photography.  


    I know I'm Latina when... It's 7pm and the only thing I want to speak is Spanish!
    Enriqueta Lemoine

    Enriqueta Lemoine

  • Born and raised in the Bronx, Evelyn Lozada is one of the most sought after reality personalities in the United States. This Puerto Rican beauty got her start on Basketball Wives, but has blossomed into a mini-mogul. Currently living in Los Angeles, when she's not filming or blogging, Evelyn takes great pride in being a devoted mother to her daughter Shaniece and her five dogs. She is currently pregnant with her second baby and is engaged to marry Los Angeles Dodger star Carl Crawford.

    Evelyn Lozada

    Evelyn Lozada

  • I'm a holistic health coach, personal trainer, fitness motivator, and wellness author. After finding the key to losing 50 pounds in 90 days, I've found it my duty as a Latina to help everyone to become more healthy and happy. On my website, I reveal how I did it in my free course 9 Simple Secrets I Used to Melt Away 50 Pounds.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...when I can't stop dancing the tropical rhythms of my beautiful Colombia.
    Ingrid Macher

    Ingrid Macher

  • Born and raised in California, my world has always been bicultural. I started my creative life as an actor, many years later I became a mother, which changed my life in so many ways. Looking for a way to channel my creativity, I started a blog: Unknown Mami. It turns out that my entire life there had been a writer stuck inside of me trying to get out. The writer in me is thrilled to be sharing with you via MamásLatinas.

     


    I know I'm Latina when... I have to tell people that mami is not pronounced like mammy.
    Claudya Martinez

    Claudya Martinez

  • I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and am determined to help Latina moms to save money, offering tips, scenarios and tricks in Spanish. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science which explains why I love all things social media, and launched my own Android/iPhone apps for my blog Cuponeando. When I'm not deal hunting, you can find me in the kitchen, empowering fellow bloggers or having fun with my family. 


    I know I'm Latina when... I need a café con leche to start my day.
    Yoly Mason

    Yoly Mason

  • Writing has been a longstanding passion. My career began as a reporter at Fortune Magazine, before I became an editor at Selecciones. These days I write for various websites and run my social media consulting company. I have a love-hate relationship with running, but managed to complete a half-marathon in decent time. I love to discover new places to eat and our family's travel often revolves around food and fitness. At home I love discovering ways to lighten up meals to keep myself and my family healthy.


    I know I'm Latina when... I need to wear loud nail polish for a pop of color.
    Jenny Mero

    Jenny Mero

  • I'm a journalist, singer and aunt to two amazing little girls--both of whom I spoil to no end! Besides news, I write stories and songs. My house consists of my husband and I, one doggie, many, many plants and a bike that takes me everywhere I want to go.


    I know I'm Latina when... The music plays, and I can't help dancing to the beat!
    Sofía Orsay

    Sofía Orsay

  • I was named after Peruvian author Cesar Vallejo's poem and book and my name is the combination of the words sad and sweet in Spanish. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when I was 15 years old. I love traveling, dancing salsa and writing. I was previously the editor-in-chief of ChicaFresh.com. I live in Brooklyn and visit as many cities and countries as I can every year.

    Trilce Ortiz

    Trilce Ortiz

  • I'm the Staff Writer of MamásLatinas for Cafemom. I have a strong passion for all things music, food, and Latino culture. My works have been featured in: Rhapsody, MTV, Huffington Post and Rolling Stone. My Cuban and Argentinean roots have inspired my love for creative writing and traveling. I am also a new mom to an amazing warrior baby named Lucio. I enjoy balancing work, life, play and motherhood with a guilt-free and self-loving heart. 


    I know I'm Latina when... I daydream about eating maduros at work.
    Sugey Palomares

    Sugey Palomares

  • I'm a pop culture journalist who's not afraid to tell it like it is and give my two cents on everything from trending celeb news to immigration reform. My work has been featured on Jezebel.com, CosmoforLatinas.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and AskMen.com. You can also read my work in any of the last five issues of Cosmo for Latinas! When I'm not writing, tweeting, or snarking about celebs and pop culture trends, you can find me at the gym lifting things up and putting 'em down--then posting all about it on Instagram so it counts!


    I know I'm Latina when... the only thing that'll get me to clean my apt is loud salsa music and the promise of a cold pitcher of sangria.
    Tanisha Love Ramirez

    Tanisha Love Ramirez

  • I'm an avid traveler and freelance writer who loves collecting new experiences and stories. I've spent my career covering lifestyle, travel and health for both print and online publications as well as my own blog DryAsToast.com. Previously, I was an assistant editor for Latina before moving on to Travel + Leisure and BET.com. Most days you'll find me and my laptop searching out WiFi-enabled NYC parks or in my colorful home office tinkering with my latest DIY project. You can find my cute hand-illustrated greeting cards at porcupinehugs.etsy.com.


    I know I'm Latina when... I bust a move in the middle of the street when a car playing a merenguito drives by.
    Dorkys Ramos

    Dorkys Ramos

  • I have a degree in Communications, but I've worn many hat throughout my career: radio announcer, producer, creative director, copy, communicator, but being a mother converted me into a Spanish teacer, a freelance writer, a cook, an assistant, a doctor, a chauffer and an expert in many things I never even imagined. I'm the mother of two teenagers who are perfectly bilingual. Being an immigrant has made me understand that we raise children who belong to a new culture, with a different identity and citizens of a world where there are no limits.


    I know I'm Latina when... I tell my sons they have to live with me until they get married.
    Marisa Rincón

    Marisa Rincón

  • I'm passionate about fashion--tempted and hypnotized by it! I remember as a child designing my own outfits (a seamstress would turn what I'd imagine into actual pieces I could wear). I might not go to a seamstress anymore but life is still my runway. Shoes are my fetish since I was 3 years old when you could see me wearing my mom's high heels all around the house. Besides fashion, I'm an avid sports fan. To me, sports and fashion are the perfect pair!


    I know I'm Latina when... I see life in full color and I live it with passion. Ah! I'm no one without my heels!
    Flor de Maria Rivera

    Flor de Maria Rivera

  • Kika is an authority in fashion and beauty. For more than ten years, the Colombian-born expert was the Fashion and Beauty Director at People En Español. At present she is one of the fashion commentators for Telemundo. She pens popular beauty blog De tacones y mucho más, among many other projects. Kika holds a Masters Degree in publishing from New York Universty, is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and is fluent in four languages. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York with her husband and young daughter Victoria.

    Kika Rocha

    Kika Rocha

  • I'm a wife and mom to a preschooler and an infant, trying to balance it all and still enjoy life to the fullest. I interned with Latina magazine before getting my journalism degree in 2008, then freelanced as a food and theater critic for several years. Currently I'm a freelance writer, work-from-home mom, and pop culture junkie that can be found in front of the TV catching up on the latest shows, paging through my favorite magazines or engrossed in a novel. Or else, I'm daytripping, trolling local markets for fresh and interesting foods or experimenting in the kitchen.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...you notice that even when my pantry is empty there's Adobo and Sazon.
    Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

    Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

  • I'm the founder of the beauty and fashion blog SickaThanAverage.com, an on-air expert for Telemundo and Univision, and a seasoned journalist whose previous editorial posts include stints at In Style, The New York Post, VIBE and Complex. I'm also the mother of the cutest 10-year-old boy who uses eerily adult phrases, like "I stand corrected." When I'm not penning pieces for Latina and Cosmopolitan for Latinas, I'm swatching new eye shadows for my blog or experimenting with recipes from Pinterest. I live in N.Y.C. with my husband, son, and an obscenely large collection of shoes.


    I know I'm Latina when... I try to pronounce the word
    Celia San Miguel

    Celia San Miguel

  • I started hosting my first radio show when I was 13 in the Spanish town where I grew up. After that, any excuse to communicate is all I need. I worked at Agencia Efe for 9 years, covering film and entertainment and traveling all over Europe, and in 2013, I moved to NYC. I've collaborated with Cadena Ser, El País, El Mundo and with Univision, but now I'm at MamásLatinas, honing my maternal instinct, where I've also discovered my true calling: mixing cooking with Snapchat.

    Mateo Sancho

    Mateo Sancho

  • I'm a Peruvian immigrant who moved to Miami at 14 after living in Argentina, Mexico and South Africa. I'm a bilingual, multimedia journalist with over 20 years experience. I'm the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, a site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children, and the co-author of Bilingual is Better. But my most important role is that of mom of 2 kids whom my husband and I are raising between two worlds and with two languages.


    I know I'm Latina when... my children call me mami.
    Roxana A. Soto

    Roxana A. Soto

  • I'm Mexican, clinical psychologist by profession, with a Masters in psychotherapy and a passion for the study of the human mind. My daily work is something that goes beyond my office--it's a service mission. Although it never competes with my biggest source of inspiration: my family, who I love without bounds. My two kids, Sofia who is 7 and Diego who is 11, are my most important teachers.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...when I hear a song, my feet move on their own.
    Karina Suarez Fernandez

    Karina Suarez Fernandez

  • There's a phrase that says, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day," and I feel like that is what happens to me with journalism. I love my profession because it allows me to express myself freely. Every day I'm amazed at how much reach what I write has--it's incredible!


    I know I'm Latina when... I hear music and start dancing--anywhere!
    Pilar Tapia

    Pilar Tapia

  • I am from Bolivia and I moved to the U.S. nine years ago where my first son, who has Down syndrome, was born. I believe creativity is the best tool to face challenges both at work and in life. After giving brith to a daughter who also has Down syndrome, I found my life's mission which has allowed me to combine my professional side with the task of being a mom to two children just as special as any other.


    I know I'm Latina when... I prove through my efforts that challenges are just opportunities to showcase the best in us.
    Eliana Tardío

    Eliana Tardío

  • In my life, I've had the blessing of channelinglove toward my body and soul. I healed many self-esteem wounds. Today, I share everything I've learned with other women on my blog CuerpoAdentro, on my site about dance on About.com and now on Mamás Latinas. I think life is a great gift, which is why I enjoy every single minute. Right now, I'm enjoying watching my nephews--Daniel, who is 14, and Andrés, who is one--grow up. I love to dance, write poetry, cook for the people I love and let myself be caressed by the sunset.


    I know I'm Latina when... I spend an entire Sunday listening to old boleros.
    Corazón Tierra

    Corazón Tierra

  • As Editor-in-Chief of MamásLatinas, I am most excited to be a part of a talented team that is vibrant with ideas. Having been raised (in Puerto Rico) as one of five children in a home that seemed to be always awake and in full motion, I'm your typical juggling mom of three amazing kids (ages 22, 20 and 14): after work every day and on weekends it's life on high gear doing the mom thing and carving a little ¨me time¨ whenever I can. I'm a hopeless romantic who enjoys photography, is crazy about shoes, and LOVES to travel!


    I know I'm Latina when... fashion, food and music to me have to be colorful, spicy and loud!
    Johanna Torres

    Johanna Torres

  • I arrived in New York 10 years ago from Bogotá to study international relations, but I ended up married, with two incredible kids, two dogs with psychological problems, and, to top it all off, as a writer. After literally working doing everything--including waitress and bartender--I decided to become a full-time journalist. But I have never really stopped believing I'm a little bit of everything: dreamer, mom, failed actress, book writer ... in short: a woman.

    Carolina Valenti

    Carolina Valenti