Lone Star Festival
The Event for Texas Creatives

Mary Esparza-Vela is an award-winning author from Texas who has traditionally published 12 picture books and more than 20 self-published books and short stories. A number of her books received Book of the Year Awards, Family Choice, Moonbeam Awards, Parents’ Choice Awards, and Readers Favorite Awards. One of her books won a contest sponsored by the actor, Edward James Olmos. The book, Little Brother’s Temper Tantrums comes with plush characters. Mary’s winning short stories include three Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest and two first place online entries. In addition, Chicken Soup for the Soul published her short story, “Visiting Nurse.”