Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos is an indie romance writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She was born and brought up in Puerto Rico, where its surfing culture inspired her first romance novel "Tides". Her experiences as a visual arts student and designer, are the base for her second romance novel "Love In Design". Her novels feature mainly the points of view of the male characters, and a recurring theme is the importance and support of all types of family. Mara received the Portico Medal to Leadership, one of the highest distinctions by the University of the Sacred Heart, for her article collaborations and work on the establishment of the students' newspaper. Mara lives in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands and enjoys spending time with her husband and their little daughter. She likes attending craft workshops, reading chick lit and romance novels, and traveling with her whole family.