Dominic Carrillo

Dominic Carrillo
Dominic Carrillo is a teacher and freelance writer from San Diego, California. Dominic has taught a variety of levels between 4th and 12th grade. He also worked as a professor of history at Grossmont College and other area colleges. He began creative writing during graduate school at UCLA, where he was a contributor to the UCLA Daily Bruin. His stories have been published in the SD CityBeat,, Somos Escritos, LIFE.Bg magazine, the San Diego Reader and many more. TO BE FRANK DIEGO was his debut novel (2012). It follows protagonist Frank Diego on a daylong journey through San Diego's spotty public transit system, while hitting on issues of cultural identity and failed relationships. He finished his blog-to-book impractical travel memoir, AMERICANO ABROAD, in 2013. THE IMPROBABLE RISE OF PACO JONES is his latest title, and is his debut YA novel about adolescence, racial identity, and love. All titles are available at select local bookstores, on and other online stores. Dominic is currently teaching in Eastern Europe and is working on his next novel.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


"Paco Jones is a teen stuck between two worlds and doesn't fit into either one. As a half-white, half-Mexican boy attending an elite private school his parents sacrifice to send him to, Paco is bullied because of his race, clothes, and food and is quite the loner. Until one day, a note is passed and an unlikely friendship is formed with a girl and her boyfriend. They take Paco from social outcast to stud status in an evening, and during this transition he sees the truth about those around him, and this in turn helps him realize who he wants to be. In the spirit of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and John Green's Looking for Alaska, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man who has been given an opportunity and almost loses it by caving in to peer pressure. Paco has no real friends at this school and takes a dare, which comes with consequences. Paco not only faces them head-on but also builds his self-confidence. The secondary characters of importance are the adults in this story—his principal, his teacher Mr. Holliday, and his parents—yet Naomi, his crush, and Trent impact Paco's life in ways that will forever change him. VERDICT A quick yet heavy-laden read about race, class, and friendship. Recommended for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Matt de la Peña."

Sunday, April 17, 2016


"This is a book for anyone who’s felt like they’re on the outside looking in. Paco has such an engaging voice that you’ll want to befriend him while he’s being tormented by his classmates; the reader is propelled to keep turning the pages to see if things turn out all right for Paco in the end. Ultimately, the book is uplifting and hopeful, with heart-wrenching moments along the way, which make Paco’s rise all the more affecting." 

-Self-Publishing Review