Liliana Velásquez was born in Villaflor, Guatemala. After fleeing to the United States, she eventually ended up living in foster care in the Philadelphia area. She just graduated from high school and received two scholarships to go to community college, where her goal is to become a nurse. Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas is her first book. She continues to do workshops in schools and conferences, teaching about her own experience in the context of social justice for all immigrants.