Barbara Ferrer is a first generation Cuban-American whose debut YA novel, Adiós to My Old Life (2006) won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance. Additionally, Adiós was awarded the 2006 Bronze Medal in Young Adult Literature in the inaugural Florida Book Awards and in 2009 was named to the distinguished Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list by the American Library Association.
After publication of her third YA, When the Stars Go Blue, a contemporary young adult retelling of Bizet’s Carmen, she decided it was time to turn her attention back to her first love, adult fiction.
Between Here and Gone, her novel of a young Cuban woman’s coming-of-age in 1960s New York, began as an experiment on the online publishing platform Wattpad, garnering over 75K reads in little over two months before topping out at well over 300,000 reads. This ultimately led to a two-book contract, a starred Publisher’s Weekly review, and being named one of PW’s Best Books of 2016.
Active in social media, Ferrer maintains an online presence on Twitter (@BarbFerrer), Facebook (barbaracaridadferrer), Instagram (barbaracferrer) and her website (caridadferrer.com), where she enjoys interacting with readers and creative individuals from various mediums.
Ferrer now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, thriving amidst the rain and cooler weather, finding it the perfect environment in which to spin new tales.