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 more than sixty 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. Parisian Promises received second place in the 2015 PARIS BOOKS AWARDS in Paris, France. This novel also was a finalist in the in the International Latino Book Awards. 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. The Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres international organization have selected her novels for the National Latino Book Club. Her historical novel Parisian Promises (2014) received a Five Star pre-release review from Foreword Reviews and a Recommended Level Review by the US Review of Books.
Velástegui was the honored recipient of three awards in the 2015 Latino Books to Movies contest. Her 2012 novel, Traces of Bliss, won first place in the coveted category of TV Drama Series. Her 2013 cautionary tale, Missing in Machu Picchu, received second place in the Action and Adventure category. Completing her trifecta of awards was her 2014 children’s fable, Olinguito Speaks Up – Olinguito alza la voz, which received First Place in Animation category.
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), was awarded first place by the International Latino Book Awards. Her 2014 fable, Lalo Loves to Help – A Lalo le encanta ayudar, will debut on two stages during the Orange County Children’s Book Festival in September 2014.
Cecilia lives with her family in Dana Point, California.