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Lourdes R. Florido was born in Havana, Cuba, but spent her childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, where her family became part of a community of refugee families known as the "Kansas City Cubans." Florido worked as a print journalist and has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines. She received a First Place Award of Merit from The Writer's Network of South Florida for her non-fiction piece, "The Cuban Me." White Trees received an Honorable Mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Currently, Florido works as an English professor and freelance writer. She resides in Florida with her husband, two children, and dog.