By Veronica Gutierrez
As You Look
A Yolanda Avila Mystery
I was born and raised in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles home of my protagonist, Yolanda Avila. My QPOC friends and family inspire me every day; and my imagination is informed by my past as a community organizer, non-profit leader, civil rights attorney, and corporate executive.
My wife Laura and I split our time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We are home bar enthusiasts and avid travelers. We host cocktail-lesson-themed fundraisers—called Mixology on a Mission—to help Los Angeles non-profits grow their donor base. I published My Little Black Cocktail Book, a journal to organize my research and help others do the same. Some of those recipes make it into my writing. (Check out @mylittleblackbooks on Instagram or www.mylittleblackbooks.com)