Lately several people have asked if I am still writing books or if I am concentrating on my blog so much that I have stopped other projects.
No of course not, last year one of my short stories was published in an anthology called “Our Yucatan.” The book is the joint effort of all the members of “The Merida Writers’ Group.” I enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues and working with our editor at Hamaca Press.
I like blogging every day; it’s like doing a writing exercise . . . then I spend 2 – 3 hours a day on my novel . . . or should I say: novels
For five years I have been writing a series of three novels about a woman named Amalia and her close circle of family, friends and antagonists. Set in Merida and Mexico City, the story unfolds after the tragic student massacre at Tltatelolco on October 2, 1968, and it continues to follow Amalia’s ups and downs through the ensuing 50 years. Romance, folly and passion drive the story; sensorial details and evocative images portray the setting, and true historical details add credence to the events portrayed.
In the beginning I confess, I had no idea about writing fiction. I had written lots of non-fiction, so how different could fiction be? A book’s a book, right?
Ha! I realize now that such a statement is like saying: a Chihuahua and a St. Bernard are both dogs, aren’t they? What’s the difference?
Since those naïve early days I have learned about the many differences between a Chihuahua and a St. Bernard . . .
So when will the books be published? Sometimes I think that will be at about the same time as when pigs fly. But I soldier on.
My main solace lies in knowing that I am NOT alone. There are thousands of writers in Mexico that face the exact same challenges.
If you would like to meet some of the writers living in and around Merida, come on Saturday January 19th (yes, that’s this coming Saturday) to: The Readers &Writers Expo to be held at the Merida English Library (MEL) from 10 am – 1 pm. (Calle 53, between Calle 66 and Calle 68)
We’ll be showing our books (and selling them too!) Some of the Merida bloggers will also be on hand. We hope to see you there!