SANDRA RODRIGUEZ BARRON holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her debut novel, The Heiress of Water, was a Borders “Original Voices” selection and won first place at the 2007 International Latino Book Awards. Her second novel, Stay with Me, was a finalist for the 2011 Connecticut Book Award. She is the grateful recipient of grants and fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. Sandra was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and has lived in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. She currently teaches at the Western Connecticut State University MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.