Author Biography

R. Ch. Garcia

R. Ch. Garcia had a dozen adult, short stories and one alternate-world novel published under another name. But that's unimportant because anymore he only writes stories for young adults and children. His first was a children's fable, in Spanish, published by Cricket in Revista Iguana.

Writing in Northside Denver, he gardens, landscapes, woodworks and cares for cactus and wild birds that visit his and wife Carmen's gardens, like his two Nietos. Plus he has a bright, friendly dog Menqui and a sorta good cat, Great Huntress.

He's lucky and privileged to live well, so his writing focuses on young people for the day everyone can be as lucky.

His adopted credo: "Give up on the adults! Give up on the adults!" – P. Bacigalupi

What R. Ch. Garcia wrote before he gave up on the adults

Fatherly, dragonly, motherly ... love, luck and touch – a F/SF glimpse of alien lizard invaders defeated by Southwestern mythology and one father's love. This won 1st prize in Somos en escrito's Extra Fiction contest.

How Five-Gashes-Tumbling Chaneco Earned the Nickname – historical fantasy published in Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West, Vol. 1 anthology, Cynthia Ward, edit., Wolfsinger Publications, 2015. Based on a place I visited and everyone should but no one ever should.

Class Epiphany – a Columbinesque short story, published in the anthology Looking Backward, Nazar, 2013. This got censored in my college writing class. And made me the class's most-hated.

Mr. Sumac – a magical realism story, published in the literary journal Kingdom Freaks & Other Divine Wonders, AQC Books, 2012. A crazy old guy who thinks his weeds are wonderful trees. But they're even more. [The cover had nada to do with my tale.]

Memorabilia – a Southwest fantasy, published in the anthology Needles & Bones, Drollerie Press, 2009 (OOP). It was honored in a Writers Digest Genre Competition, reprinted in Crossing the Path of Tellers, a Romanian anthology in English, Nazar, 11/2012. A Chicano shaman battles invisible evils. Till they are visible.

Last Call for Ice Cream – Sci-Fi story published in Rudy Rucker's Flurb, Eileen Gunn, edit., 2012. A vacuum cleaner takes over the world, just using an ice cream cone. Rucker: “Garcia’s Last Call is a hypnotic stew of spanglo slanguage, wry and funny, with a special surprise in every sentence, and a renegade view of life in these United States.”

El Viaje de Clarisa la Flaquita – a children's fable in Spanish, published in Cricket's Revista Iguana magazine, Nov/Dec 2012. Inspired by one of a first-graders whose hardships never seemed to end.

A Grain of Life – Sci-Fi/Fantasy flash fiction, published by, 2009. This really is a kids' story that I still love.

LAX Confidentiala noir detective story, published in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, Arizona State University/ Bilingual Press, 2008. I actually stayed in this seedy motel. And lived.

Weird Ronnie's Hair – this humor-fantasy-horror story took 1st place in contest in Britain. About an enchanted kid and a door-to-door salesman.

First Novel:

The Closet of Discarded Dreamsan alternate-world, Chicano fantasy epic novel published 9/2012. Honorable Mention, F/Sci-Fi, from The International Latino Book Awards, 2013.


An epic journey of discovery,

transformation and destiny will keep readers at the edge of their seats and gasping at every new twist.

-David Bowles, award-winning author of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

A tantalizing style of Chicano sci-fi-mythology,

challenging the rites of passage in masculinity, the american dream, and ancestral healing. An echoing voice from the past with a new style of the present, provocatively transforming and retelling U.S. history.

- Sarah Rafael García, author of SanTana's Fairy Tales & founder of LibroMobile

Powerfully evocative, lyrically descriptive,

rollicking, rolling, smart yet down-to-earth, authentic and as unpretentious as anything of beauty could be. The characters are unforgettable, diverse, with iconoclastic heroes and everyone else smashing stereotypes.

- Thelma T. Reyna, author of Dearest Papa: A Memoir in Poems