Cecilia Samartin was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to America with her family during the Castro revolution. She grew up in Los Angeles, and studied psychology at UCLA and Santa ClaraUniversity, where she completed her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works as a psychotherapist for a federally funded project that serves impoverished families in the inner city of Los Angeles. Recently married to an Englishman, Cecilia lives with her husband in San Gabriel, California. Ghost Heart is her first novel.