Cristina García was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York City. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was nominated for a National Book Award and has been widely translated. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award. Cristina has also written a middle grade novel, I Wanna Be Your Shoebox. Dreams of Significant Girls is her first teen novel. She lives with her family in Texas and New York.