Press Kit


Official Author Headshot

credit: Widyn Photography


Contact Info

Sandra Fernandez Rhoads
2650 FM 407 E. Ste 145-422
Bartonville, TX 76226
[email protected]

For Business Inquiries
Michelle Grajkowski, literary agent
Three Seas Literary

Media Contacts
Alanna Mullins
[email protected]

Book Covers

Mortal Sight

The Colliding Line Duology | Book #1


Realms of Light

The Colliding Line Duology | Book #2





Aug 31, 2020

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Weina Dai Randel | Apr 21, 2021

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Awards & Accolades

For Mortal Sight

» A 2021 Christy Award Winner for “Young Adult”

» A 2021 ACFW Carol Award Winner for “Young Adult”

» A 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for “Debut Novel”

» A 2021 RealmMaker Award Finalist for “Fantasy”

» A 2021 North Texas Book Festival Award Winner for “Young Adult”

» A 2021 TAYSHAS Texas High Selection for “School Reading List Top Pick”

For Realms of Light

» A 2022 ACFW Carol Award Winner for “Young Adult”

» A 2022 Realm Makers Award Finalist for “General Fantasy” and “Young Adult”

» A 2022 Christy Award Finalist for “Young Adult”

Invitations & Features

Purdue University Latinx Cultural Center

70th Annual Books & Coffee

– Featured Novel & Speaker

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference

– Milton Society of America Panel

Purdue University Course Curriculum

ENG 310: Ways of Reading Milton and ENG 413: Studies in Literature and History

– Guest Speaker

Art House Dallas

– Speaker

Bozeman Symphony

Berlioz Production

– Artist Invitation

Reviews for the Colliding Line Duology

For Mortal Sight

“A unique blend of fantasy and literary elements.”

– School Library Journal

“An absorbing fantasy about a teenager’s struggle to discover her destiny.”

– Foreword Reviews

“With frequent references to Milton, Mortal Sight is a promising beginning to an intriguing series.”

– Lorehaven Magazine

“Delightfully spooky with characters you can care about.” — C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author.”

– C.C. Hunter

“Mortal Sight was everything I wanted and more. In her brooding debut, Sandra Fernandez Rhoads hits familiar, beloved notes of the urban fantasy genre while bringing a unique melody all her own. My humanities-loving heart geeked out over the art history and classic literature references, while the action-packed plot twists kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

– Lindsay A. Franklin, award-winning author of The Story Peddler

“Absolutely riveting from start to finish! An ode to the arts wrapped in a fast-paced, friendship-fueled, YA urban fantasy adventure, driven by a spunky protagonist you can’t help but root for. Make this your next binge read. You won’t regret it!”

– Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

“An unabashed piece of Milton fan fiction, MORTAL SIGHT concerns a heroine who at critical moments finds prophetic guidance in verses of Paradise Lost. It’s compulsively readable, especially its fight scenes. I highly recommend it.”

– Prof. John Rumrich, University of Texas at Austin

For Realms of Light

“Realms of Light propels The Colliding Line duology to a breathless, dazzling conclusion. What Sandra Fernandez Rhoads began in Mortal Sight is expanded, enriched, and deepened in Realms. I loved it.”

– Lindsay A. Franklin, award-winning author of The Story Peddler

“Rhoads uses the best of fantasy fiction to cleverly blend in Paradise Lost. A fast-paced story driven by intimate portrayals of characters, rich settings, and a vibrant plot that leads to a surprising yet satisfying conclusion.”

– Angelica Duran, President of the Milton Society of America and Professor at Purdue University

“Realms of Light is a beautiful, clever ending to this duology. New friends, new enemies, and new mysteries await in this bewitching tale!”

– Gabriella Graves, Disney Channel actress

“The dark, fantastic adventure that began in Mortal Sight yields new and surprising revelations in this thrilling sequel. Rhoads is a YA fantasy author to watch!”

– R.J. Anderson, award-winning author of The Flight and the Flame trilogy

Official Author Bio

Sandra is the award-winning young adult fantasy author of the Colliding Line Series: Mortal Sight and Realms of Light. She was born in Queens, New York to Cuban-Colombian parents, but grew up in Texas with a love for classical art and literature, specifically Renaissance artists and Late Romantic poets. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a degree in English, and then went on to earn an MA in her seventeenth century crush, John Milton. Past experience also includes a background in acting, directing, as well as script writing for stage and short film.
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