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Beyond the Gardens – Sandra Lopez

Hi, Richard
My name is Sandra Lopez, Author and Illustrator.
I first became published in March 2008 with my teen fiction novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, WHILE I was finishing up the Bachelors Degree program at Cal State Fullerton.
Now I have a second book—the sequel to Esperanza—Beyond the Gardens.
Beyond the Gardens is about a young Latina in search for independence and self-worth. Being raised in the poor barrio and having a drunk for a father didn’t leave much for Esperanza to believe in. Her dream was to become an Animator, and it was only until after high school that her dream became a reality. Now, she is living the life she’s always wanted in the dormitory of an L.A. art school. What new challenges await Esperanza in this new adventure? With the help of her fashion-guru roommate, the sudden love interest of an old high school friend, and the annoying advice from her loud-mouth mother, Esperanza will learn the hard way that, “you can take the girl out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the girl.”
My books are available for purchase on Amazon and
I was wondering if you would be interested in doing an author segment featuring my two Latina novels on Hispanic Lifestyle. I am located in the L.A. and Orange County area and am, therefore, available to meet with you on Tuesday or Thursday in the AM.
To learn more about me and my work, go to
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Lopez

Hispanic Lifestyle will profile Sandra in the future. Thank you for reaching out to Hispanic Lifestyle, send your emails to


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