Hi! I am Noemi!
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I am a Mexican-American, feminist physician who prefers writing diverse children's fantasy books over medical charts.
I was born and raised in south Texas along the Mexican border in a Spanish-speaking, multi-generational household. After completing my pediatrics training, I practiced as a physician for 8 years before putting my career on hold to be a writer and to travel the world with my partner, Chris Gamel, and our two children. I wrote the short story collection, The Black Rose and Other Scary Stories That Happened To Me!, as an homage to the Mexican folktales of my childhood.
I was born and raised in south Texas along the Mexican border where Spanish was my first language. I grew up in a multi-generational household with my grandmother, parents, and three younger sisters. Growing up in such a rich cultural environment, I was fed a steady diet of folktales, urban legends, and other stories that nurtured my love for writing and reading. Though I aspired to be a writer as a child, my left brain took over as I got closer to high school graduation, and I decided to pursue a practical career in health care instead.
As a first-generation Mexican-American, I was the first person in my family to attend university. Being raised by my tenacious immigrant parents fortified me with the strength to pursue my dreams. I earned a degree in medicine in 2002 and completed a pediatrics residency program in 2005 before joining the faculty at the University of Texas-Health Science Center in San Antonio. I practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for 8 years before putting my academic career on hold to be a writer. At that point, I moved to the highland cloud forest of Costa Rica with my partner, Chris Gamel, and our two children. Hiking through the cloud forest with my children inspired me to write about enchanting fantasy worlds. My favorite workdays are spent writing at a local coffee shop while sipping mochaccinos topped with a mountain of whipped cream. As of July 2014, I am on a "walkabout" with my family. We are traveling through South America, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe over the course of one year.
To appease my inner writer that was suppressed for far too long, I am currently working on a children’s fantasy series and treatments for television and film. My short story collection, The Black Rose and Other Scary Stories That Really Happened to Me!, available digitally through Amazon, is an homage to the Mexican folktales of my childhood.