Gwen Zepeda

Gwen Zepeda

Writer


The only mistake you can make now is to not do anything.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Says people always ask her when she became a writer and she thinks she's been a writer since she was born.
Grew up in a rough neighborhood surrounded by poverty, alcoholism; a mentor pushed her to apply to college.
Got pregnant at 19, "just like every other woman in [her] family," saw her peers realize, "aw, her too," felt like she'd let everyone down.
After having a baby, her GPA dropped; she lost her scholarship and had to drop out of the University of Texas.
Told herself she wanted to be a housewife, said she'd use that time to be creative.
Started writing on the internet, saw many of her peers getting published; gave herself a one-year deadline to get a book published.
Stresses you don't have to pick one thing and do it for the rest of your life, but you should always be doing something rather than nothing.
Says that in the time she "wasted" freaking out about her writing, she could've finished 85 books.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
The University of Texas at Austin
Career

Career

Writer

I was the first latina blogger and author of award winning novels and children's books.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Writing
Writing
Being Creative
Being Creative

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
Drugs / Addiction

We grew up kind of dysfunctional and poor, just a lot of alchoholism and bad stuff in our neighborhood like drug dealing. I never even thought I would go to college.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

It was kind of a culture shock for me... you could drop me in a bad neighborhood and I could survive but I didn't know what to do in a college town.