Over the past decade, I've contributed to dozens of publications and websites including Allure, Arthritis Today, Fitness, Forbes.com, Glamour, Men’s Health, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, SELF, Shape, and Women’s Health.

Though I’m passionate about my work as a health and nutrition writer, fiction is my first love. A few years ago, I was working on a magazine article when I came across research about young women and brain injury—and realized I was looking at a great novel idea. I started writing every night after my daughter went to bed, and soon had a (very rough) draft on my hands. Several thorough edits and a fantastic literary agent later, The Art of Forgetting sold to Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, as well as several foreign publishers. DailyCandy.com calls Forgetting “Fast-paced, painful, funny, and renewing at once,” and The Chicago Tribune says “Pagán writes with both a subtle sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship and the importance of forgiveness in her quietly compelling literary debut.” I’m currently working on my next book.

On those rare moments when I'm not at my computer or chasing after my two young kids and our very active dog, I travel as often as possible—most often to Puerto Rico, where my husband was born and raised. For me, an ideal day starts with a strong cup of coffee and ends with a good glass of wine and something sweet—but as you might guess from my chosen career, I enjoy exercise and healthy cooking in equal measure.