March 14th, 2012


Three Times A Charm with Mary Esparza-Vela

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week fellow angel author, Mary Esparza-Vela, joins us. Mary, tell us about you.

My name is Mary Esparza-Vela and I am a recent member of the Guardian Angel Publishing family. I reside in Texas with my husband and three sons who have supported me in all my writing endeavors.

Before tackling the career as a children’s writer, I worked at a medical facility as an Editorial Assistant. The duties involved reviewing and editing publications that went before a Board of Directors for approval.

My writing credits include articles published in Catholic newspapers, seven contest winners published by a non-profit organization, and a winning entry in a Writer’s Digest Competition.

Tell us more about your new book.

Guardian Angel Publishing recently published my first book, “The Odd Chick” and more books are in line for publishing.

I am a patented inventor and my plush dolls were awarded Preferred Choice and Seal of Excellence by a panel of parents and educators. They may be seen on my website along with my children’s books.

Since Mary completed this interview, GAP has released her second book, The Turtle Who Imagined. Congrats on both book releases, Mary!

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business.

My advice to new writers is to read as much as you can, take classes to perfect you writing skills, validate your stories with research, and NEVER GIVE UP.

  • Top 3 personal and/or professional goals.

I currently volunteer at local elementary schools and plan to add book readings and puppet shows to my schedule. I also hope to become a lecturer and to write an adult novel.

  • Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

As a child, I learned to read and write in English and Spanish. My original career choice was to become a bilingual teacher. Then it changed to illustrator and finally research analyst. My work as an Editorial Assistant ultimately inspired me to become a children’s writer.

Mary, how can our readers go to keep up with you and your writing?

Website:  (blog coming soon)

Thank you for joining us on Three Times A Charm, this week. I’ve enjoyed hosting you on SoT and hope you’ll come visit again. Best of luck with your writing and other projects, Mary.


I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.