Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor was born in Bronx, New York in 1973 to Puerto Rican parents.
She is a graduate of the New York City public school system and also attended elementary school in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She served her country as a Military Police Officer in the US ARMY Reserve, assigned to the 812th MP Co., 800th MP Brigade in New York State between 1992 and 2000.
She received her B.S., magna cum laude and M.A., in Criminal Justice in 1999 from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A graduate of New York Law School, she received her J.D. in 2002.
Upon graduating law school, Ms. Gonzalez-Taylor served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County where she prosecuted economic crime cases until 2006. Her career path led to an appointment as an internal prosecutor for the NYC Police Department between 2006 and 2009. Currently, she is a hearing officer for the NYC Department of Education and is an adjunct professor at a local community college. An attorney by day and a writer by night, she is inspired to write by her three daughters and her own upbringing travelling between New York and Puerto Rico. Presently, she is working on more adventures for the Martina series and other literary projects and workshops.