Zara Gonzalez Hoang grew up in a little bungalow in the great white North. Surrounded by snow she spent her days dreaming, doodling and listening to the colorful stories of her Dad’s life growing up in Puerto Rico while trying to figure out where she fit in as a mixed-race Latina Jew in a sea of Scandinavians.

She traded in one snow-filled state for another to study computer science at University, a practical major. Luckily, she detoured back to art just in time for graduation. After school she spent way too much time working in advertising before escaping to merge her love of computers and art by co-founding a company that made apps for kids.

Her stint in the start up world took her from New York to San Francisco before ending up back on the east coast in a place she never expected, Northern Virginia. She lives in a quirky mid-century house deep in the suburban woods with her Mad Man husband, human-shaped demon and curly coated corgi.

It was only natural that being surrounded by a magical forest would bring her back to her true love, books. Her first picture book, Thread of Love written by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal will be published in 2018 by Beach Lane Books / Simon and Schuster.

Zara is represented for children’s publishing by Andrea Morrison of Writers House.

Zara is available for freelance illustration jobs and licensing opportunities. Email her for more information.

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