Cecilia Velástegui is the International Latino Book Award winning author of: Traces of Bliss, Gathering the Indigo Maidens, and Missing in Machu Picchu. She was also selected on the 2012 Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club in partnership with the Association of American Publishers.
Velástegui was born in Quito, Ecuador, raised in California and France, and has traveled to over 50 countries. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, and speaks four languages. She lives in Monarch Beach, California with her family.