Mariko Tatsumoto Layton

I arrived in America from Japan at the age of eight. I didn’t know English, but as soon as I learned to read I fell in love with books. I always wanted to be a writer but first became the first woman Asian attorney in Colorado before becoming a Middle Grade and Teen book author. My passion is writing multicultural fiction books dealing with themes such as prejudice, bullying, survivor’s guilt, domestic violence, environmental pollution cover ups, propaganda, and negotiations between enemies to avoid wars and conflicts. My debut novel, Ayumi’s Violin, is a Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Honor Book, Colorado Authors’ League’s Award Finalist, the winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Award, and was a Featured Deal on Bookbub with 10,000 downloads. One of the joys of writing for children and teens is presenting in front of them in schools and libraries.