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This is your brain. This is your brain on books.

Greg MarshallRead, read, read.

That is the advice author Patricia Santana offered students at Park City High School Monday afternoon. Santana, who has written "Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility" and "Ghosts of El Grullo," is one of Spiro Arts’ writers in residence this month. Santana arrived in Park City at the beginning of May and plans to spend the balance of her remaining time, about two weeks, polishing a draft of her third novel.

Santana spoke to kids in Roger Arsht’s English class and then went across the hall to read passages from her books, answer questions and give advice to students in Anna William’s English Language Learners class. Santana, whose parents are from Mexico, sprinkles Spanish words into her stories, and many of her protagonists are Latina.

Santana first wanted to become a writer when, at 11 years old, she read "Diary of Ann Frank." She soon began writing a journal. She lives in San Diego, where she writes and teaches.