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Sometimes, I go by...

Born José de Jesus Arredondo Barron, I took the pen name José Potter after noticing a scar on my right shoulder that I got when I was born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico, the round glasses I wear, and my niche for writing magical stories with captivating characters. 

What do I do?

I am a children's author based in Phoenix, Arizona. As a proud DACA recipient and advocate for immigrants, I am passionate about sharing stories that celebrate diversity and promote empathy and understanding. Under the pseudonym Jose Potter, I self-published two children's chapter books, which combine imaginative storytelling with important themes of friendship, courage, and self-discovery. In addition to children's books, I have a short story that has been featured in Arizona's Emerging Authors, a platform that showcases up-and-coming writers in the state. My work is inspired by my experiences as a DACA recipient, as well as my Mexican heritage and the rich cultural traditions of the Southwest. My hope is that my stories will inspire young readers to embrace diversity, stand up for what they believe in, and see the world through a lens of empathy and understanding. When I am not writing, I can be found exploring the natural beauty of Arizona, spending time with my daughter and partner.

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