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Cecilia Samartin

Cecilia Samartin was born in Havana in the midst of Fidel Castro's revolution. She grew up in Los Angeles as a fully bicultural, bilingual American. She studied psychology at UCLA and marriage and family therapy at Santa Clara University. Deeply concerned with the lack of Spanish speakers in her profession, Cecilia has practiced within the Latino communities in some of the most impoverished inner-city areas of San Jose and Los Angeles. She lives with her British-born husband in San Gabriel, California.
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Cecilia Samartin
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Dare to dream

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. When I'm not being too critical, I can see the best in others and sometimes in myself too.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anne Frank. I read her diary when I was thirteen years old and this remains one of the most moving reading experiences of my life. Although I didn't realize it until years later, she is the one who first inspired me to write.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Taking long walks while listening to music on my ipod.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jean Valjean, Les Miserables

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