Desiree Zamorano


Desiree Zamorano ( has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on. A frequent contributor to LA Review of Books, h er essays have appeared in the LA Times, NPR's Latino USA and Publishers Weekly.

She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon.

Human Cargo, first in the series, was Latinidad's mystery pick of the year. A Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed The Amado Women, features four women connected by birth, separated by secrets. This family drama was named a "must read" by Remezcla and labeled by Bustle as one of 11 "moving beach reads that'll having you weeping into your pina colada."