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Iā€™m Mae Respicio ( RES-PEE-CEE-YO! šŸ˜Š) and my middle grade novel THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT is out now in a library or bookstore near you! (Woohoo!) I have another coming out with Random House Kids not long after that, and a few other fun books in the works (stay tuned!!). This pic is of me in my Northern California bowl-cut days (I'm currently torturing my kids with this same hairdo).

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  Raise your hand if you ever had this haircut!

Raise your hand if you ever had this haircut!


Semi-Fancy Writing Bio

Mae is author of the middle grade novels THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT (2018) & BEACH SEASON (2020), both from Random House Children's Books. She is the past recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship and a David Henry Hwang Writers Institute scholarship for playwriting, and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her writing & photography has been published in a variety of places including Pregnancy Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Patagonia, Pottery Barn Kids, Red Tricycle and The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press), among others. She also worked with the Filipino-American community of Los Angeles to edit the nonfiction book Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing).  


Ginzu Steak Knives Bio

In addition to novelist, Mae's had lots of fun (and a few not so fun) jobs including:

Assistant to 2 Academy-Award Nominated Directors; Worst Waitress Ever; Ginzu Steak Knives Seller; Magazine Telemarketer; Film Studio Video Tape Cataloguer (remember video tapes?); On-Air Promotions Writer; Website Editor; After School Writing Teacher; Writer of Parenting Lists; Facebook Updater Gal; Hollywood Screenwriter's Assistant; and University Creative Writing Program Administrator. However, her favorite "job" is as a mama to 2 awesome boys!  

Mae and her family live in the suburban wild of Northern California, not far from the ocean and the redwoods.  

  Visiting the first tiny house built in the US, which (at the time) was sitting in a backyard in Sonoma, California (the house has since moved to Colorado).

Visiting the first tiny house built in the US, which (at the time) was sitting in a backyard in Sonoma, California (the house has since moved to Colorado).