was born in Havana, Cuba. She moved to the United States as a refugee during the revolution while still a child. She grew up in Los Angeles, and studied psychology at Santa Clara University, 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. Married to an Englishman, Cecilia lives with her husband and two cats in Pasadena, California. GHOST HEART is her first novel.