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.
Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award
Commended Title – Americas Award for Children’s and Young