GRACE + CARMEN
Graciela Garcia, which is Spanish for Grace, is from the Bronx but now resides in Spanish Harlem with her beautiful parents, sister, and six-year-old niece. The reason she chose to be a part of Girls Write Now is to build more on her writing skills. Grace has always loved writing since she was in elementary school, but I was teased about it at the time. She was very detailed when it came to her writing, so her use of specific words made other kids think she was weird or corny, but it didn't stop her. She couldn't give up something she enjoyed doing because of a few mean kids. Grace has written fiction on genres like romance, horror, and drama. Though it is her strong suit, she hopes to be able to expand her writing past fiction. As a writer, Grace believes it is important to build and create new skills to avoid becoming typical and boring.
A Miami native and New York Transplant, Carmen is a PR professional with a background in social media. She's worked on campaigns for brands like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Pep Boys, Rack Room Shoes, Live Nation, and celebrities like Wale, Khloe Kardashian, Justin Bieber, and more. Currently, she is the Director of Communications at Complex Media, where she worked her way from Editorial Assistant fresh out of college. All work and no play would make Carmen a dull girl. In her free time, you'll find her running half-marathons, reading coming of age novels, and planning trips. While her social media campaign writing is capped at 140 characters, she loves to write personal essays and short stories.
For a while now, I never really knew when my love for writing and literature came about. Then I remembered when I went through a rough time during middle school and I was able to escape my reality through reading and writing. I think this is my best work because it really let other people and even myself understand why I love writing and why I get a thrill each time I pick up a new book. Writing and books are such a huge part of who I am. —Grace Garcia