Lupe Fernandez | Los Angeles, California
When I was four, I used to run down to the corner of my street wearing a bath towel like a cape, pretending I was Batman. Four decades later, I’m still pretending to be other people, but I have turned in the towel for writing memoir, poetry, young adult and literary fiction. My ethnicity finds its way into all my work. After all, I’m named after Mexico’s most holy virgin, La Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. I studied poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and literary fiction at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, and completed a Master Class in memoir. My young adult manuscript, The Gamino Family History of Flight was listed by the2009 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition as a Semi-Finalist in the Novella Category.
As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I found two critique groups whose members motivate me to write, rewrite, rinse and repeat. The more I study and practice the craft of writing, the more story ideas swirl into my head. I previously published several short stories in a small literary magazine, Infinity Limited, based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I work in a downtown Los Angeles high rise building, and fight the urge to run down the office hallway wearing a towel as a cape.