is a writer born in Pasadena, California; she grew up in the city, famous for its Rose Bowl, clouded smog and cultural uplift.
She has been a grant recipient of the California Commission of the Arts, Multicultural Grant and created, hosted and produced Latino Filmmakers for Charter Cable.
She produced the film, The Trouble with Tonia, starring the late Lupe Ontiveros. The film received recognition from the Whitney Museum in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It garnered “best film” award in the San Sebastian Film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. And, she was awarded the Silver Star award as Producer from the Houston International Film Festival. It is also listed in, “Aztlán Film Institute’s Top 100 List,” by Chon A. Noriega.
She is the script-writer of the Children’s film, At a Drop of a Hat.
LaRoche’s feature writing and columns have appeared, among other places, in the following publications: Los Angeles Times; Sunday Arts section, Pasadena Star News, the Los Angeles Weekly, the California Apparel News, the Pasadena Weekly, Downtown News, In Style Magazine, Performing Arts Magazine and Whole Life Times.
She taught creative writing at College of Southern Nevada and initiated a blogging class to bring up to date media sources to the campus.
LaRoche’s fiction and short stories been published in Glimmer Train Press, Missouri Review and a variety of other venues.
Her writing encompasses public relations, screenwriting, professional content, web-content, fiction and non-fiction books and articles.
As a natural storyteller, her themes include the arts, food, history, spirituality, travel, women, her life in Europe and celebrating life.