Karen Cherro Quiñones

Vitaliy Piltser

Karen Cherro Quiñones became interested in the early history of New York City while working in the Wall Street area where many sites dating to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries can still be seen. She eventually left her corporate career to become a full-time historian. Her favorite thing to do is teach others about the wonderful people, events, and places that came before us. Quiñones is the founder of Patriot Tours (www.patriottoursnyc.com), leading groups on history tours in New York on most days of the week. She can often be seen on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. Follow her on social media, where she writes about American history as PatriotToursNYC.com.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Guardians by John Christopher

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” —Mark Twain

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To show young people that History is fascinating and important.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Don’t ever give up your desire to be an author. My dream began when I was in my teens but wasn’t realized until I reached my 50s.