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Cecilia Velastegui was born high up in the Andes Mountains in Quito, Ecuador, where she spent her childhood. Although she now lives at sea level, she still owns two friendly alpacas. She was raised in California and France, and has traveled to over fifty countries. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, and speaks four languages. Velastegui's previous novel, Traces of Bliss, received First Place in Popular Fiction at the International Latino Book Awards in June 2012. It was also selected by the Association of American Publishers on the 2012 Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. Her debut novel, Gathering the Indigo Maidens, was a finalist in four categories in the International Latino Book Awards. She donates a portion of her proceeds to the fight against human trafficking, which is an underlying theme in her novels.
""Missing in Machu Picchu" is more than a thriller. Velastegui's prose is dreamlike and evokes comparisons with the best writers of modern magical realism." --ForeWord Review, 5 Stars out of 5 "The twists and turn of the plot are as intriguing as the beautiful descriptions of the Inca Trail." --US Review of Books