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Rudy Castaneda Lopez

Historical Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction

4/5 (22 ratings)
Rudy Castañeda López was born in the USA to Mexican-American parents. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1986 and worked in Tertiary and Secondary Art Education until 2014.

In 2005 he published his first novel, The Song of Laughing Bird Catherine Wolfe, of Hawke’s Bay Today wrote, ‘I’m impressed. I don’t say that often… The Song of Laughing Bird kept me up late last night reading–I don’t do that often either.’ Mary Cee of the Waiarapa Times-Age called it ‘a memorable first novel.’

He focused on academic writing for the next couple of years. His Masters of Fine Arts dissertation, The Intimate Real: Empowering the Quiet Art, was published in Germany by Verlag Doktor Müller.

In 2013 he studied full-time at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and achieved an A+ pass on his Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. His project for that year was the first draft of Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder

In 2013 he was also given the Honour Award in the New Zealand Writing School Short Story Competition.

In 2014 he started writing full-time.

Rudy Castaneda Lopez

Historical Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction

4/5 (22 ratings)
Rudy Castañeda López was born in the USA to Mexican-American parents. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1986 and worked in Tertiary and Secondary Art Education until 2014.

In 2005 he published his first novel, The Song of Laughing Bird Catherine Wolfe, of Hawke’s Bay Today wrote, ‘I’m impressed. I don’t say that often… The Song of Laughing Bird kept me up late last night reading–I don’t do that often either.’ Mary Cee of the Waiarapa Times-Age called it ‘a memorable first novel.’

He focused on academic writing for the next couple of years. His Masters of Fine Arts dissertation, The Intimate Real: Empowering the Quiet Art, was published in Germany by Verlag Doktor Müller.

In 2013 he studied full-time at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and achieved an A+ pass on his Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. His project for that year was the first draft of Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder

In 2013 he was also given the Honour Award in the New Zealand Writing School Short Story Competition.

In 2014 he started writing full-time.

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