[BIOGRAPHY]

Marileide Andersen was born in Belém do Pará, Brazil, and has lived in the USA for more than 25 years. She grew up optimistic and full of dreams, nurturing inside herself the courage to solve her personal obstacles and to face with bravery the challenges of a difficult life, in a country of few opportunities. From a very young age, she was encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and mainly spend much of her time living imaginatively. 

She left home early and traveled to various places looking for better opportunities and a better, quieter life, so she could settle down and raise her young son. After much work, she had the chance to move to California, where a world full of professional possibilities presented itself to her. She was married to businessman Eric Andersen for a long time, and, in November 2012, they divorced. 

As she was always fearless and never a woman to give up, she decided that it was time to begin making her old dream come true: to become a professional author. Family Secrets is her debut novel and is being published simultaneously in English and Portuguese.

She draws her inspiration to write from many places. But she likes to blend reality and fiction into her works. 

"Stories permeate my mind, and I have to put them on paper. Creating a story, seeing the ways it drives me, and how it makes me company for a while is rewarding, because I'm never alone. It's like going out without a destination, being free, with no date and time to arrive. In the end, your prize will be there. Your book will be finished."

She currently lives in Orange County, California. Her hobbies are writing, painting and photography.