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D.R. Ransdell hails from Springfield, Illinois, where she grew up in a houseful of books. When she wasn’t reading, she was learning to play the violin (poor parents!). During the summers, her family hit the road, often spending time in Mexico or Germany. Her fondness for learning languages led to a Bachelor’s in Teacher Training for Spanish from the University of Illinois.
To improve her Spanish, D.R. took a position in Durango, Mexico where she taught English as a Second Language. She also started playing for the local orchestra. When she decided to return to the U.S., she chose Arizona. Two months after arriving in Tucson, she started playing with a mariachi band.
D.R. completed a Master’s in ESL and a doctorate in Composition. She currently directs second-language writing courses and coaches new graduate assistants at the University of Arizona. She moonlights as a mariachi player.
D.R.’s first novel, Amirosian Nights, combines her love of music and travel. Subsequent projects include a CD of original mariachi music, Diana canta la venganza, and a book of cat poems, The Secret Lives of the Pink House Cats. Her first mystery, Mariachi Murder, was published in May of 2013. Thai Twist is a prize-winning YA romance that further celebrates her interest in foreign language and culture.