Raquel Martínez-Gómez was born in La Mancha. Her most recent literary production includes her novel about the Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Llhuillier, The Mask of the Mayan King (La máscara del rey maya, Planeta México, 2023), also available in e-book and audiobook.
She has published four novels: Los huecos de la memoria (The Gaps of Memory), awarded with the Antonio García Cubas´ Historical Novel Award (INAH, México) in 2018; Ceniza de ombú (Ashes of Ombu), published in Uruguay (2017); Sombras de unicornio (Shadows of the Unicorn), awarded with the Prizes European Union Prize for Literature (2010), the Young Ateneo de Sevilla (2007) and translated into ten languages. In 2002, her first novel, Del color de la lava (The Colour of Lava), won the City of Mostoles Prize. Recently, she has also written a new book of poems (rugido de jaguarA/ jaguar ́s roar) and a collection of short stories (Los aullidos del cuerpo/ The Howls of the Body).
She has a PhD in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex, UK.
She combines her writing with her work, specializing in the field of sustainable development and human rights. Prior to this, she lived in Uruguay, United Kingdom and Mexico; participated in university programs in Argentina and Cuba and in literary residencies in Montreal and the Pyrenees. Blog: www.cenizadeombu.org