Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico through the early 70’s, Mercedes Julian spent her adolescence in DeKalb County, Georgia. She came to Southern California at age 20, equipped with a teaching credential and undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Spanish. Initially residing in San Diego, she has made South Orange County her home since 1984.
Having completed her graduate work in Spanish language and Latin American literature, she has taught Spanish at San Diego State, UC Irvine and Irvine Valley College. She has also worked as an Administrator and Program Manager of various human services for different Orange County agencies.
A self-described book and library junkie, her reading predilections are diverse, as they include fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding her bicycle and vintage Vespa, watching foreign and independent films, and traveling outside her immediate confines as much possible.