Samantha R. Vamos
Writing for children has been Samantha Vamos’ passion for most of her life. Her desire to have her fiction published dates back to her high school days. By age 21, she had developed several stories for children and was determined to have her work published. Her path to children’s publishing, however, ended up being a long and winding journey that involved graduating from law school and working in a law firm before any of her work was published.
Samantha received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following her graduation from law school, she practiced as a litigator for seven years in an international law firm in Washington, D.C. She later joined a smaller firm in Chicago, Illinois. Samantha stopped practicing law when she became a mother.
Samantha’s first children’s book, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking Children’s Books), reflects her interest in celebrating diversity; the bilingual picture book details how a family welcomes their new child into the world. In her second children’s book, The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (a 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book), Samantha once again peppers an English text with Spanish words in a style reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built.”
Samantha and her family live near Seattle, Washington.