My name is Zaida (yes, Zaida is my real given name).  I am named after my beautiful mother.  I am the youngest of six. I was born into art.  My mother is an amazing artist, composer, and musician.  I remember sitting on the couch watching my mom's fingers move graciously through out the piano keys.  It was mesmerizing for me.

I learned  how to play the piano from my mother when I was 12 years old. From then on my love for music began, but my love was not for the piano, my love was simply listening to the music. I would keep a journal and constantly write poems, stories, any thought that came to mind. I remember playing the piano, and trying to add my words to this unknown, unfinished melody.

My professional musical career began when I was 18 years of age. I was naive then. I was signed to an independent music label.  I spent months at a recording studio trying to shape my own style. I spent most of my summers with my vocal teacher, who I grew very close to.  I was going to school at night, and I had a full time job.  I spent the weekends and my free time singing and composing. I was trying to live my dream.

The Warehouse Cafe was like a church to me. This place was filled with artists, writers, musicians, anything that had to do with the arts. One night, I sat on a couch that faced the stage. A girl sat on a bar stool with her guitar and played her song. I remember sitting there thinking to myself that I could do that very thing she was doing. I wanted to express my life, my experiences, my thoughts to strangers.

I met an amazing guitarist at the Warehouse Cafe.  I simply asked him to teach me a few chords.  My friend gave me an old beat up classical guitar (which is the only guitar I compose on til this day). A few lessons, and I started combining my own original poetry with some basic guitar melodies. That was the result of my debut album, “Train Ride” which was released in 2000.

Now as an independent artist, I released an EP called Little Box of Secrets. Although the journey has been challenging, I am not ready to stop showing the people the world through my eyes.  My lyrics portray the different journeys my life has taken me through; heartache, hardships, falling in love, and happiness. I want the people to feel what I felt, to see what I have seen, and to know what I have learned. I want my music to be the window to my soul for the world to peek in. It is more than just listening to the songs; it is breathing in the words.


The Last Note's main backdrop, the amazing city of Miami, Florida, is beloved and well-known to me. I was born and raised in Miami, and like the novel’s main character Vy, I am a singer/songwriter, as well as the lead singer to a self-proclaimed cover band. All things relating to music or literature are my passion. I keep a journal, and I am constantly writing poems, stories, and any thought that comes to mind. I have a fascination for black and white films, that have the element of mystery. As I have been told by many, I have a very creative imagination.

Many years ago, I became an avid reader of cozy mysteries. The story lines were intriguing, engaging, and funny at the same time. I was so inspired by the authors, that I then decided to take my musical experiences, and put it on paper. I began writing this first novel in 2009. In between my full-time job, my weekend gigs, and my personal life, I finally completed the novel. The phobia's, the dream sequences, and the quirkiness of the main characters, are all based on facts. I hope that I was able to bring the love I have for Miami, the Cuban culture, my family, and music, to the readers of my novel, and to the series to come.