Cecilia Velástegui was born in Ecuador and raised in California and France. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, is a former Marriage and Family Therapist, and speaks four languages. She has traveled to one hundred countries, and serves on the board of directors of several educational and cultural institutions.
Cecilia continues to garner praise for her psychological thrillers with historical intrigue. The Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres international organization have selected her novels for the National Latino Book Club. She was awarded first place by the International Latino Book Awards for her novels Missing in Machu Picchu (2013) and Traces of Bliss (2012). Gathering the Indigo Maidens (2011) was a finalist for the Mariposa Award. Her historical novel Parisian Promises (2014) was a finalist for the Paris Book Award.
Velástegui is an accomplished public speaker, and has been invited to present her fables at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in October 2014. She has participated as a panelist at the 2013 Literary Orange, has been a moderator at the 2013 Big Orange Book Festival-Chapman University, has lectured at numerous locations, and has performed on the HOY stage during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest book festival.
Velástegui is known as the Fabulous Fableist™ for her bilingual children’s fables. Her fable about the newest mammal in the Western Hemisphere, Olinguito Speaks Up – Olinguito alza la voz (2013), received the endorsement of the Smithsonian Institution, Lalo Loves to Help – A Lalo le encanta ayudar (2014) was awarded first place by the International Latino Book Awards, and The Howl of the Mission Owl-el ulular de la lechuza (2015) was Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist.
Cecilia lives with her family in Dana Point, California.