Tony Robles was born in San Francisco, CA. His cultural mix is Filipino/African-American and Irish. Family get togethers resemble a United Nations gathering. Writing influenced by his father and uncles--all street guys from the city with the street talk and the street walk. His writing school was "The Filipino Building Maintenance Company"--a small janitorial company run by his father. Author of 2 kids books about his son-- "Lakas and the Manilatown Fish" and "Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel". His short story, "Son of a Janitor" will appear in "Growing up Filipino 2", pubished by PALH Books. Writing influences: Al Robles and Oscar Penaranda. More info: www.tony-robles.com.