What People Say
Jessica Winters Mireles’ Lost in Oaxaca is a beautiful, moving, and timely love story that will tug at your heartstrings along with your sense of right and wrong. Through the charming Camille and captivating Alejandro, you will leave this book believing that both love and music can rise above the inequities, injustices, and bullies of the world.
Jessica Anya Blau
author of The Trouble with Lexie
A Pianist Turned Author
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Jessica Winters Mireles holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1986, she began her career as a piano teacher and performer. Four children and a studio of over forty piano students later, Jessica’s life changed drastically when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two; she soon decided that life was too short to give up on her dreams of becoming a writer.
After five years of carving out some time each day from her busy life as a pianist, teacher, mother, and wife, Jessica finished her first novel, Lost in Oaxaca. She drew inspiration for Lost in Oaxaca in part from elements of her own life: her passion for teaching, her love of piano, and her immersion and appreciation of Oaxacan culture after marrying her husband Rene, an indigenous Zapotec man from the highlands of Oaxaca.
Jessica’s work has been published in GreenPrints and Mothering magazines. She lives with her husband and family in Santa Barbara, California.