By- Angela Padrón
Laura Esquivel is a Latina author who was born in Mexico City, Mexico on September 30, 1950. Esquivel studied education with an interest in children’s theater. During the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a kindergarten teacher. During this time, she wrote plays for her students as well as short stories and content for children’s television programs. Screenwriting classes with actor/director Alfonso Arau further awakened Esquivel’s writing abilities. Arau was known for creating comical villains in movies such as Romancing the Stone and The Three Amigos. Arau and Esquivel would later marry and team up to write and direct Chido Guan, el tacos de oro, which won the Ariel award in 1985.