Adriana Herrera Press Kit
Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, and writes stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. She is a trauma therapist in New York City.
Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, OPRAH Magazine, NPR, Library Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.
When she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal and The Washington Post. Her debut, American Dreamer, was selected as one of Booklist’s Best Romance Debuts of 2019, and one of the Top 10 Romances of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly. Her third novel, American Love Story, was one of the winners in the first annual Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle about Own Voices in the genre. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective.
Represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.
American Dreamer, Carina Press (March, 2019)
American Fairytale, Carina Press (May, 2019)
American Love Story, Carina Press (October, 2019)
Mangos and Mistletoe, Self-Published (December 2019)
American Sweethearts, Carina Press (March 2020)
American Christmas, Carina Press (November 2020)
He’s Come Undone, Anthology Contribution (May 2020)
Finding Joy, Self-Published (June 2020)
Here to Stay, Carina Press (August 2020)
Duke I’d Like to F…, Anthology Contribution (November 2020)
Blurbs, Features and Awards for Adriana Herrera’s Work
- Winner of a 2019 Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction for American Love Story
- Entertainment Weekly, American Dreamer Top Ten Romance Novels of 2019
- Audiofile Magazine, American Dreamer one of the Best Romances of 2019
- Booklist, Top 10 Debut Romance Novels of 2019
- Top Pick for Publisher’s Weekly Spring 2020 Announcements, American Sweethearts
- American Dreamer, featured on the TODAY Show on NBC as a summer “Hot Beach Read.”\
- American Fairytale, listed as one of “Book Riot’s Best Books of 2019, So far”
- “Every moment in their love story feels beautifully earned.” –The New York Times
- “[Adriana Herrera] is writing some of my favorite Afro-Latinx characters and giving us beautiful love stories along the way.” —Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner for The Poet X
- “Adriana Herrera writes romance with teeth—you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be refreshed and inspired to fight even harder to create the vibrant, welcoming America in which her books are set.” —Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling Author
- “With American Dreamer, Adriana Herrera positions herself as a fresh and vital new voice in romance.” —Entertainment Weekly
- “Adriana Herrera writes family—all kinds of family—better than anyone else writing today” —Cat Sebastian, bestselling author or “A Gentleman Never Keeps Score”
- “A really impressive debut with heart, brain, and vibrant characters. I’m looking forward to the next story.” —K.J. Charles, bestselling author of “The Magpie Lord”
- “This book is sweet and thoughtful, but delightfully filthy, too. Every moment in their love story feels beautifully earned.” –The New York Times, on American Sweethearts
- “American Sweethearts is a resounding testament to the exquisite work she’s been doing this entire series. Dreams are fraught and fragile things, but Herrera knows just how to honor them; her work both nurtures and exposes the exquisite pain and triumphant glory of such dreams. Disney’s Cinderella quips that “A dream is a wish your heart makes,” but for too long the dreams of so many have been excluded as worthy of our fiction. Herrera acknowledges this and claims vital space for these obscured dreams, making her buoyant, beautiful series a triumphant act of social justice in itself.” –Entertainment Weekly
- "Clear-eyed and unflinchingly honest, Herrera's American Love Story is forward-thinking, soothsaying romance. A bellwether story giving us hope for what romance is capable of in the future, and in Herrera's hands, capable of right now. This book is at once effortless social commentary that doesn't preach and swoony romance that doesn't skimp on the heat and chemistry boiling between the characters. Herrera continues to prove that she is a fresh voice ushering in the kind of inclusive storytelling this genre so desperately needs." —Kennedy Ryan, RITA® Award-Winning Author
- "Incisive and modern, navigating the complexities of privilege, purpose and power, all while exploring intense passion." –The Washington Post, on American Love Story
- “Herrera’s work remains compulsively readable. She crafts lively Latinx characters with instant, electric chemistry that sings on the page, and handles realistic relationship obstacles in a relatable manner.”–Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review for American Fairytale)
- “Rising romance star Herrera continues to be a strong and effective champion for the important role cultural, ethnic, and sexual diversity have in our society.” –Booklist
- “Inclusive, optimistic, and scorching.”-Publiser’s Weekly (Starred Review for American Sweethearts.”
- “Herrera not only dishes up plenty of muy caliente same-sex love scenes in her impressive, not-to-be-missed debut, which beautifully celebrates the rich diversity of life in the U.S., but she also excels at creating the kind of rich emotional connections between her protagonists that romance readers will find irresistible.” —Booklist, (Starred Review for American Dreamer)
- “The characters are compelling, the chemistry palpable, the sex scenes are scorching…I had so much fun reading Mangos and Mistletoe and now I want everyone else to read it too. This is Adriana Herrera's first f/f romance and I hope it's not her last...” –The Lesbian Review (Review for Mangos and Mistletoe)
- "Get your sweet and sexy high-concept contemporary fix right here!... If you've heard the buzz about American Dreamer and wanted to try the author out, or if f/f is more your thing than m/m, here is the perfect bite-size morsel.” –The Seattle Review of Books (Review for Mangos and Mistletoe)
- “Herrera’s entertaining first Dreamers romance is fueled by love, community and plenty of Afro-Caribbean food… An adorable delicious foray into hapless romance.”–Publisher’s Weekly
- "Herrera delicately weaves a difficult romance around the serious topics of institutional racism, privilege, and social responsibility." –Publisher’s Weekly on American Love Story
- Library Journal, featured on their November print issue: "A sexy romance that explores stereotypes and racial injustice." (Review for American Love Story)