Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos

Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos is a Puerto Rican illustrator, graphic designer and storyteller living in the Netherlands. Her passion for writing romance began in her high school years. Mara lives with her husband, little daughter and her two cats.

Author Biography

Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos is an indie romance writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She was born and brought up in Puerto Rico, where its surfing culture inspired her first romance novel "Tides". Her experiences as a visual arts student and designer, are the base for her second romance novel "Love In Design". Her novels feature mainly the points of view of the male characters, and a recurring theme is the importance and support of all types of family. Mara received the Portico Medal to Leadership, one of the highest distinctions by the University of the Sacred Heart, for her article collaborations and work on the establishment of the students' newspaper. Mara lives in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands and enjoys spending time with her husband and their little daughter. She likes attending craft workshops, reading chick lit and romance novels, and traveling with her whole family.

Books by Mara Oudenes-Cruz Ramos



Sea Glass Beach hosts more than a surfing competition. For the Kalani siblings and their friends, it brings second chances in life, unexpected situations and a tide of emotions as they find themselves in the festival as amateur contestants.

Love In Design


The Image Factory, a graphic design studio owned between three friends, has always been a peaceful work environment. The arrival of a new colleague will soon turn work life in the studio upside down as secrets get revealed. All of it while working on a project could make or break them: can the team handle it… and each other?