Photo credit Ken Burgess

Photo credit Ken Burgess

maria virginia farinango

co-author of The Queen of Water


Maria Virginia Farinango was born in a small Quichua community near the town of Otavalo in the Ecuadorian Andes. The Queen of Water, a novel she co-wrote with Laura Resau, is closely based on the true story of her girlhood-- a moving tale of struggling to find her place between two cultures. Maria Virginia has recently completed a Masters degree in psychology after many years of running her own Andean crafts business and traveling internationally with her husband, Tino, a musician and composer. Maria Virginia now practices clinical psychology in Otavalo, where she lives with her husband and their son and daughter. She and her family offer a room in their lovely home to guests, which can be booked through airbnb.


Please send an email to with the subject heading "Maria Virginia Mail." (It's best if you can write your email in Spanish!) Maria Virginia will try my best to respond within a few weeks.

Maria Virginia enjoys presenting to middle and high school students in the U.S. and Ecuador, and study abroad groups in Ecuador. She feels most comfortable presenting in Spanish. Please contact her via the email address above to discuss details.