From Barrio to Bookshelves
Vera Sanchez is an award-winning author, who was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She grew up in the tough barrio of Logan Heights, where she became fluent in both English and Spanish. As part of a magnet program, Vera was bussed to Mission Bay High School, where she was the two-time captain of her basketball team and a four-time letterwoman in track and field. She graduated in 1998. Vera attended Grossmont College and graduated with her A.A. and was involved in the Puente Project. She, then, transferred and graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s in English and her Master’s in Education, with a 3.86 GPA. Over the years, Vera has been an English/Literature teacher for middle school, high school, and college; the Chair of the English department; a ballet folklorico dancer and teacher; an award-winning choreographer; a muralist for the Chicano Park restoration project; and a high school basketball coach, where she assisted with five league titles and two C.I.F. championship titles. Now, Vera is pursuing her passion in writing. Vera began writing her first story in the third grade about a dog named, Spot. “Prison Letters” is her first novel, and it has already received great recognition throughout California and the United States. “Prison Letters” was the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Awards for Best Multicultural Memoir. The book has been #1 on Amazon for Western Region Memoirs, as well as five other separate categories on Amazon. Vera was named “Author of the Month” by writer and publisher, Tom Bird, in November 2013. In April 2014, Vera spoke at the Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival with award-winning author of “Always Running,” Luis Rodriquez. Vera continues to inspire the young, the old, and anyone in between, as a motivational speaker, by visiting multiple educational campuses as well as being a college professor. She includes both humor and emotion, in her lectures, much like the way she writes. Vera still lives in San Diego but makes several trips to Las Vegas, NV, as she is a craps player and dice controller. Vera has worked with the best dice instructors in the world in order to improve her technique. She also practices Bikram yoga in Kearny Mesa. Vera is currently working on her second novel, “Tales from a Bathroom Stall.” This is only the beginning of her journey.