Patricia Santos Marcantonio comes from a family of storytellers.
They tell stories about their own past and traditions, tales about people they have met and things they have done, and all in a way that makes you want to keep listening and beg for more. That is where she got her desire to write and tell stories of her own.
She is an award-winning author and journalist.
Print Writer On the walls of Sueño Street, a young Latino artist paints murals that come to life with tales of horror, suspense and nightmare. A graphic novel in homage to "Tales From The Crypt" and "Night Gallery" but with Latino flavor, culture and characters.
Verdict in the Desert
Print Author While defending a Mexican woman accused of murdering her white abusive husband, a rich alcoholic attorney falls in love with the Latina interpreter in a sleepy Arizona town in 1959. When the trial begins, he must find strength to help his client and himself. Courtroom drama similar to John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill”- Based on my novel “Verdict in the Desert” released by Arte Publico Press, the nation’s largest publisher of Latino literature “A detail-rich novel about an Arizona murder trial, prejudice, and American culture in the late 1950s.” Kirkus Reviews
Tears for Llorona
Theater playwright La Llorona is a Mexican ghost story passed on through generations about a horrifying weeping woman searching the night for her lost children. TEARS FOR LLORONA is a retelling of that tale. Pregnant and unhappy, teenage Inez is sent to live with her grandmother. But Inez’s life changes when Abuelita tells of another troubled woman long ago. The story of Juanita who wept a river for her drowned husband and vows her daughter will never have cause to cry in a world of tears. But the promise leads to tragedy, and Juanita pays a terrible price. The play brings the past and present together in a relevant tale of selfishness, love and redemption. A one-act play.
The Ghost Sisters and the Girl in Hallway B
Print Writer If it’s weird, if it’s strange, if it's supernatural, the Ghost sisters love it. Kat and Marie Bench love ghosts. When their divorced mom moves them to her hometown in Colorado, the sisters discover a real specter haunts their school. The ghost of a young girl cries, slams lockers, and leaves mysterious messages in Hallway B. Armed with ghost-hunting tricks they picked up from books and TV, the resourceful sisters set out to find the identity of the apparition. Meanwhile, one of their friends is being bullied. Kat and Marie will need bravery and determination to help their friend and solve the mystery of the girl in Hallway B.
Red Ridin in the Hood and Other Cuentos
Print by Farrar, Straus & Grioux (Family) writer Eleven classic tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own. The title story, "Red Ridin' in the Hood," moves the setting to the barrio, where Red decides to brave dangerous Forest Street in order to reach her abuelita and encounters the menacing wolf in a thumping Chevy lowrider. Some stories are set in the Mexican countryside; in "Belleza y La Bestia," the beautiful heroine is a defender of the Revolution and teaches the beast about the righteousness of the freedom fighters. "El Día de los Muertos," a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, takes place in the time of the Aztecs and casts Orpheus as the feather-maker Nochehuatl.
The Weeping Woman (horror thriller)
Print (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) writer When children begin disappearing in San Antonio, Detective Blue Rodriguez discovers the case echoes an old Mexican ghost story. The detective must confront her own past and come to term with her visions to find the stolen children.
Felicity Carrol and The Perilous Pursuit
Print by Crooked Lane Books Writer Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money. Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights. It’s a case that could shake the kingdom
Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award
Commended Title – Americas Award for Children’s and Young