The Author

Gina Marinello-Sweeney is the author of The Veritas Chronicles. The first book in the series, I Thirst, received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue from Young Adult Teen Readers. Gina has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a "library," complete with due date slips and a check-out stamp. As her own stories were "checked out" by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide. Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages. In 2009, she was asked to present some original Spanish poems at an international literature conference in Costa Rica. Although unable to attend this event, a presentation of the poems was well-received at another scholarly event that same year. Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling. Gina lives in southern California, where she is at work on the next volume in The Veritas Chronicles, as well as a short story collection.

Quick Facts

Favorite authors:
Fantasy/sci-fi - Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Cooper, Alison Croggon, Marissa Meyer, C.S. Lewis, Edward Eager, George MacDonald, Shannon Hale, and Heather Dixon
Classics - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare
Contemporary - Regina Doman
Poetry - Saint John Paul II and Robert Frost

Favorite movies: Anne of Green Gables (and Anne of Avonlea), Star Trek movies, Sense and Sensibility (1995), Pride and Prejudice (1980), The Chronicles of Narnia, Cinderella (2015), October Baby, Bella, The Scarlet Pimpernel, My Fair Lady, Tuck Everlasting, Pirates of the Caribbean #1, The Court Jester, Willow, Twelfth Night, Zorro movies, The Great Race, and more!

Favorite TV shows: Avonlea and Star Trek Voyager

Favorite singers/bands: Vintage Taylor Swift, Andrea Bocelli, Jim Croce, Il Volo, Axel, John Denver, and Hunter Hayes

Favorite dessert: strawberry shortcake and Italian pastries

Favorite place: the beach (and Italy in my mind)

Favorite color: pink