Sandra Cisneros was born in Illinois, Chicago on December 20, 1954, to a Mexican father and a Chicana mother. She had six brothers.
Her father was an upholsterer and hence the family kept shifting between Chicago and Mexico City. Due to this Sandra became shy and reserved and could never commit to a lasting friendship or a relationship.
Her mother, Elvira was a very strong female influence on her. Elvira was a voracious reader and was more socially enlightened and conscious than her husband. She ensured that her daughter realizes and achieves her potential.