Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Lupe Ruiz-Flores is the author of six bilingual picture books. She is a former Regional Advisor for the Southwest Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and until recently its newsletter editor. Lupe has won the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grant, the SCBWI/Amazon Work-in-Progress Grant, and the SCBWI Martha Weston Award. She is a member of the Writers League of Texas, Texas Library Association, Las Musas, and Kindling Words. She was awarded the Tejas Star Book Award for three consecutive years. Her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies, including Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. She was recently inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Be comforted, dear soul, there is always light behind the clouds.” –Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Pam Munoz Ryan, Ruta Sepetys, Duncan Tonatiuh

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I am a storyteller and need to write stories down.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Let there be heart in your story.