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Meet Our 2021 Conference Faculty: Adrianna Cuevas

Meet the faculty of the 2021 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Adrianna Cuevas, Author

Adrianna Cuevas is the author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba in My Pocket. She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and son. When not working with TOEFL students, wrangling multiple pets including an axolotl, and practicing fencing with her son, she is writing her next middle grade novel.

Adrianna Cuevas
Author Adrianna Cuevas

What attracted you to children’s books?

I love middle grade books because they feature characters struggling with identity, growing up, and real world issues but they always seemed to be anchored in a place of hope.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of being an author is meeting with students and completely geeking out over stories with them.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of being an author is assuring myself that the bonkers idea in my head is okay and might actually go somewhere.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

Write the story that you want to tell and that you’re passionate about without worrying about what others are doing.

Come see Adrianna Cuevas at the 2021 Austin SCBWI conference, May 1-2, 2021.