Born in Havana (Cuba), she is considered one of the three most important fantasy and science fiction writers in the Spanish language, along with Angélica Gorodischer (Argentina) and Elia Barceló (Spain), forming the so-called “feminine trinity of science fiction in Latin America.” In Cuba, she published several science fiction and fantasy books, becoming the most renowned and best-selling author in those genres in Cuban literature. Since leaving the island, she has distinguished herself with a series of novels incorporating historical and more contemporary matters as well as mythological and fantastic elements. In 1991 she left Cuba, establishing residency in the United States. In 1998 she achieved international recognition when she was awarded the Azorín Prize for Best Novel in Spain for ''El hombre, la hembra y el hambre''. This work forms part of her series «The Occult Side of Havana», whose last novel ("The Island of Eternal Love")' has been published in 25 languages, making it the most widely translated Cuban novel of all time.