Caridad Martin grew up in New York City after leaving her native Cuba. She started writing at age seven and has continued creating people on paper that talk to each other; she refuses to admit that sometimes on a silent, moonless night, she can hear them.
Despite getting a B.A. in creative writing from CUNY, she went on to become an educator. She has taught bilingual and special needs students. Currently, she works as an educational coach, helping teachers improve their pedagogy. As part of her job, she has published several articles on the use of technology in education. Online, she has written novels and short stories since 2005 under the pseudonym Phantasmarose. This is where the idea for Masque was first born.
She is a voracious reader, and at home, Caridad can be found in one of two places, reading on her favorite chair or pottering around the garden. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Latin America, Taiwan, and the Philippines and even lived in England for several years. She loves camping, and in the US, she has travelled coast to coast, backpacking on her own and in an RV with her family. She is an avid collector of lanterns and put her collection to good use when Superstorm Sandy hit.
Caridad lives in New Jersey, where she can watch the ebb and flow of New York Bay. Her family puts up with her eccentricities and her need to hide away for hours writing with Bradley, her oversized black and white Coonhound lying nearby snoozing.