Mariana Llanos was born in Lima, Peru. The daughter of two journalists, Mariana developed an early passion for writing and reading. Mariana wrote poetry, short stories, and plays all the way through school. She studied Theatre in the prestigious school CuatroTablas based in Lima, and moved to Oklahoma in 2002. In 2013, she published her first book, Tristan Wolf which won a Finalist spot in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award, and a spot in the 2013 Gittle List Independent Book Awards. Since then, she has published eight children’s books in English and Spanish. Her work geared toward an adult audience has appeared on Writer's Resist, Blackbirds Thirds Flight, a Haunting of Words, among others. But Mariana’s real passion was ignited after discovering the magic of virtual technology. Using Skype and Google Hangouts, she has visited more than 150 schools in the United States and around the world. These visits allow Mariana to spread her love for reading and writing, as well as to promote understanding and cultural awareness. Recently, Mariana signed contract with the publishing company Penny Candy Books for the publication of her new children's story, Luca's Bridge, which will be available next Spring. Meanwhile, Mariana continues her work of visiting schools, enticing young minds with the magic of her children’s literature. In September 2017 Mariana was awarded the 2017 Global Citizen Award in Arts in Oklahoma City.
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