I’m Mariana Llanos and I write books for children in English and Spanish. I am originally from Lima, Peru, but now I live in Oklahoma with my husband, our three children and our dog, Juliet. I started writing poetry since I was very young. I loved reading so much that I wanted to create my own stories to share with the world. I published my first book, Tristan Wolf in 2013. Since then, I haven’t stopped, and I have many more stories, poems, and project that I want to share with YOU!

Not-So-Frequently Asked Questions About Me

RED. By far my favorite color. My second favorite is BLACK.

I write stories since I was young, but I never realized those stories were for children. I just considered them short stories, until a friend of mine read one of my tales and said, “Oh, my kids would love to read this!”. And that’s when it hit: “I’m a children’s writer!”. Although I write some other fiction with an adult audience in mind, my favorite is to write for children.

Dark chocolate almond. Hands down.

I went to school in my hometown, Chaclacayo, a small and beautiful suburb thirty minutes away from the always busy Lima city. The name of my school is Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Fatima and I went there for elementary and high school.

I like both, but cats make me sneeze, so I’m sticking to dogs now.

That depends on my mood of course, but I love listening to music, dancing, creating art, reading, and traveling.

There are so many books I love, in fact a have a new favorite every week, but I ‘ve always adored The Little Prince. It’s sweet, simple, and so full of wisdom. Other favorites that come to mind are Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, poems by Cesar Vallejo, short tales by Abraham Valdelomar, and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Some of my favorite authors for children are Tommy de Paola, Margarita Engle, and Lauren Child.

One: I can dance folkloric dances from Peru.

Two: I L-O-V-E music and I’m a huge Beatles fan!

Three: I can paper mache and make recycled paper and art pretty decently.