Maria E. Andreu is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. The Secret Side of Empty is her debut novel. Maria is a proud mother of two and an adoptive mother to various furry creatures, and she loves her iris and rose garden and an occasional night out in New York City. She was born in Spain and currently lives in New Jersey. You can visit her online at mariaeandreu.com.