Ms Salinas was born in East Los Angeles, California and is a graduate of East Los Angeles College, Cal State University Los Angeles, and U.C. Berkeley. In college, she became involved with the Chicano movement, and considers herself a founding mother of what is now MEChA. Ms. Salinas turned to writing as a way to search for her own culture and the best way to present it. Her greatest joy is having the power to create accurate educational materials about the many Indo-Hispanic cultures, focusing on the lives of ordinary people .Her first children’s picture book, The Three Pigs: Nacho, Tito and Miguel received the Tomas Rivera Award in 1999. She is a self-taught writer, illustrator, and publisher.
Indo Hispanic Folk Art Traditions I: Christmas/Navidad. Piñata Publications.1990
Indo Hispanic Folk Art Traditions II: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Piñata Publications.1994
The Three Pigs/Los tres credos;Nacho, Tito y Miguel. Piñata Publications.1998
Cinderella Latina/La Cenicienta Latina. Piñata Publications.2003