Latina to Watch: Kari-Elyssa Ignacia Milagros Cepero


Kari cepero

Sixteen-year-old Rochester resident Kari Cepero always loved to write.

So, when she announced she wanted to write and publish her first book at the age of 13, no one was surprised.

And, earlier this year, that’s exactly what she did.

“I’ve always like writing,” Cepero stated. “Ever since I was little, I always liked to create stories. So, this was just an advancement in something I had always like doing.”

Cepero said it took her two years to complete her first novel, “Dark Shadows,” which is a science-fiction based book that is the beginning of a six-part series.

And now, a senior in high school, she is presently working on the next two novels in the series, which she said she hopes to finish by the time she graduates.

“I’m in the process of writing the next two books in the series right now,” Cepero stated. “But, down the line, I might be interested in exploring the possibility of turning the books into a film, or TV series.”

Until then, her first novel, “Dark Shadows,” as well as additional information regarding the book, is available on her website, at, and Cepero said she’s excited for what comes next!

Check out the full article featuring Kari and her first book on our website, at, or in this month’s edition of La Voz!

More about Kari-Elyssa Ignacia Milagros Cepero:

Self-description: I am generally quiet, and rather shy. I am also artistic, and love to express my creativity in any way I can, whether it be through music, writing, or food. I also have love for the simpler things, and enjoy greatly the beauty of the natural world.

Favorite food: Sorbet

Hobbies: Knitting, crocheting, cooking (especially pastries), reading, painting, photography, jewelry and fashion design.

Favorite book or movie: (movie) The Sorcerer and the White Snake, (book) Fahrenheit 451.

Area of expertise: Crochet.

Who Kari admires and why: Women authors such as Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen, and Mary Shelley, for their determination to pursue their creative dreams, and to overcome the discrimination, and hardships, faced by women and girls of their times.

Favorite saying or motto: “In order to be irreplaceable one must be different,” Coco Chanel. And also, “Do small things with great love,” Mother Theresa.

My wish for the Latino/Hispanic community: “I want to see the Latino/Hispanic community strive to achieve more in the areas of education, fine arts, healthy living, and community service. I hope that I can serve as an inspiration to Latino/Hispanic community, and show individuals that you can succeed in doing great things no matter how old you are.”

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