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Cynthia De La Torre was born and raised in Southern California. She loves all things weird, whimsical, and magical. Her favorite time of year is Halloween – her home is covered in Halloween decor year-round.
She writes and illustrates picture books. Her go-to-medium is cut paper art. She first discovered cut paper art in late 2017. She loves being able to add lights and shadows to her pieces and make people feel like they can jump right into the magical worlds she creates.
As a Mexican-American girl growing up, Cynthia did not see many characters that looked like her or shared her experiences. It saddened her to think people like herself didn’t have valuable stories to tell. She doesn’t want other children to grow up feeling that way; thus, she loves representing diverse characters from all backgrounds. She loves writing stories, infused with magical elements, that teach kids about self-acceptance, finding their place in the world, and accepting other people’s differences. She also loves writing spooky stories for kids. But most importantly, she loves sharing her Mexican heritage. She hopes that one day books with diverse characters, from all backgrounds, will be the norm. And she’s looking forward to being part of that change.
Cynthia has been a member of SCBWI since 2016.
She is the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI’s SoCal Chapter.
She helped start a bilingual critique group for Latinx Children’s book writers.
Cynthia was featured in the September 2020 issue of SCBWI’s INSIGHT Newsletter where she talks about her Mexican Heritage.