Monica Trasandes

Literary Fiction

How They Came to Us

Monica won Kristin over with her gorgeously written email query letter that was backed up by an equally gorgeous multicultural literary novel that was later featured in O Magazine. So rare these days to get any kind of print coverage, so what a coup for a deserving novel!


Monica Trasandes was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her family relocated to the US in the early 70s during the military upheaval in Uruguay. She earned her B.A. in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, but spent a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where part of her novel is set. She has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and has worked as a newspaper reporter and a magazine editor. She is now the Director of Spanish-Language Media at GLAAD. Her short stories have been been anthologized and published in journals and magazines such as The Sun and The Rake. Her play, Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain, was produced and performed at the Open Fist Theatre in Los Angeles in 2011 and garnered very good reviews. Monica currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner Valda and enjoys seeing her family, swimming, and getting to the beach as much as possible for some boogie boarding and smash ball.

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