"Carrillo evokes the wonder and confusion of first love in his debut YA novel."
“Dominic was very easy to collaborate with. In the planning phases, he was expedient and thorough in his communications with us. And during the virtual visit, he was engaging, offering our students a wealth of knowledge in an easy to follow format that was perfect for second language learners!"
-Rebecca Battistoni, librarian
"Nia and the Dealer is a beautiful story. Bravo, Dominic Carrillo. Keep stories like this coming, not just for young adults but for all of us.”
Dominic Carrillo is a teacher and award-winning writer from San Diego, California. Dominic earned both his bachelor and master's degrees from UCLA, where he began creative writing. His stories in San Diego Reader magazine led him to publish his first novel To Be Frank Diego (2012).
Since the publication of The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones (winner of the SDBA for best YA, 2017) Dominic has focused on writing young adult novels with universal coming-of-age themes. The Unusual Suspects (IAN Book Award finalist & SDBA winner) was released in 2018 and was translated into Bulgarian soon after. The sequel, Nia & the Dealer, was published in 2019. His short story "Ghetto is Not an Adjective" is featured in the short story collection Living Beyond Borders (2021, Penguin).
Dominic speaks at library events, schools, and conferences. He lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria and is working on his next YA novel.