María Virginia Farinango was born in an Indigenous Quichua community near Otavalo, Ecuador. Over the years, she has owned an Andean crafts business, had her own radio show, and run a day spa. She is now a clinical psychologist, helping children and teens overcome trauma. She lives in Otavalo with her musician husband, teenage son, and young daughter. For more about María Virginia, please visit

Laura Resau lived in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years as an English teacher and anthropologist. She now lives with her husband, her dog, and her son Bran in Colorado, where she teaches cultural anthropology and ESL (English as a Second Language). She is also the author of What the Moon Saw and Red Glass.