J.C. Salazar 

J.C. Salazar 

The author celebrating his mother's birthday at a Houston taqueria.

The author celebrating his mother's birthday at a Houston taqueria.

J.C was raised in a Houston barrio called Second Ward. His Mexican immigrant parents struggled to support their large family day in and day out. As soon as he was able, JC left the barrio to join the mainstream society of the bustling city of Houston. After obtaining levels of education unimaginable to his parents, JC meticulously recaptured all the ethnic gems he had lost during his university studies; the discardable he discarded. The one thing he will never give up is what he considers to be the best cuisine in the world, Mexican food, "Guacamole is the second food of the gods, after the better known ambrosia."

About the Author

J.C. Salazar grew up in Houston, where he still resides, the child of immigrant parents. He earned degrees in English (BA), linguistics (MS), and literature (MA) from the University of Houston and UH-Clear Lake. He also completed doctoral courses in English at UH. J.C. is a lifelong educator and community activist, who loves great stories, language, and writing. Of Dreams & Thorns is his debut novel, inspired by his immigrant family and community. He hopes you love reading it as much as he loved writing it.