Ron Arias was born in 1941 in Los Angeles. As his stepfather was in the army, he travelled a lot as a child through the United States and Europe. He first started writing when his mother gave him a notebook when he was nine, after having his tonsils out (see Ron Arias: Notebooks a family obsession). After earning a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in journalism from the University of California, he worked as a journalist in both Latin America and the United States. He has also worked for the Peace Corps, and as a teacher. More recently he has worked for People magazine. Though he has written short stories, published in magazines, he has only published one book-length work of fiction – The Road to Tamazunchale, a work hailed as in the Magic Realism tradition.
1975 The Road to Tamazunchale (novel)
1989 Five against the Sea (nonfiction)
1998 Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Cutting Edge of Alternative Medicine (with Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz)
2003 Moving Target: A Memoir of Pursuit
2007 White’s Rules: Saving Our Youth One Kid at a Time (with Paul D. White)
2015 My Life as a Pencil
2016 The Wetback and Other Stories