Rudy Castañeda López was born in the USA to Mexican-American parents. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1986 and worked in Tertiary and Secondary Art Education until 2014.
In 2005 he wrote his first novel, The Song of Laughing Birdpublished by National Pacific Press. Catherine Wolfe, of Hawke’s Bay Today (15 Oct2005) wrote, ‘I’m impressed. I don’t say that often… The Song of Laughing Bird kept me up late last night reading–I don’t do that often either.’ Mary Cee of the Waiarapa Times-Age (25 Sept 2005) called it ‘a memorable first novel.’
He focused on academic writing for the next couple of years. His Masters of Fine Arts dissertation, The Intimate Real: Empowering the Quiet Art, (2008) was published in Germany by Verlag Doktor Müller.
In 2013 he studied full-time at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and achieved an A+ pass on his Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. His project for that year was the first draft of Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder which will be published by Escalator Press later this year.
In 2013 he was also given the Honour Award in the New Zealand Writing School Short Story Competition.