Born and raised in Puerto Rico, C.E. Santiago weaves her heritage in everything she writes—whether it’s a feast inspired by Boricua foods, an epic battle scene on a tropical beach, or stories that reflect socio-economic issues and historical events. She has been scribbling and dreaming up stories since she was a little girl and often acted them out with her younger brother for their parents. She wrote her first novel during Hurricane Maria’s aftermath.
Passionate about stories that connect the human race and underscore our humanity, C.E. Santiago holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Fully bilingual in Spanish and English, she is also passionate about languages and studied Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Korean—the latter at Seoul National University in South Korea. When she’s not writing, she’s embroidering, crocheting, reading, playing Minecraft, or baking. C.E. Santiago lives with her husband and cat in Chicago and enjoys long walks along the lakefront.