Hello and welcome to my website, where you can learn about me and my books, and purchase a link for download.
When people meet me, they might think I am a bit crazy. It could be because I smile a lot and I am grateful to the Lord of the Universe for the daily challenges I am presented with, no matter what they are. I work for MDPD and I'm the author of two political suspense novels (Missing Evidence and The Face of Deceit) and a children’s book (Herbert, the Christmas Worm). I am presently working on another book.
For me, writing is an outlet from stress, emotional turmoil and everyday life. It all started with a nightmare I had several years ago; a nightmare that I finally turned into my first book. The problem was that when I finished writing Missing Evidence, I realized I was hooked and that I could not just stop there. I simply had to bring some closure to subjects I had left pending throughout the story.
The things I am most passionate about are 'Love, Truth and Honor'. That's why I dedicated Missing Evidence to the men and women in uniform. The ones that defend our freedom at the cost of their own lives; and the magnanimity of their families.
About me, personally, I was born in Havana, Cuba. I arrived in Miami, Florida, on April 18, 1962. It was one year and one day, after the Invasion of Bay of Pigs, remember the October Missiles crisis? Yes, that year. The day of our departure, our mother waved good-bye to my younger sister, Hilda Maria (age 7) and me, (age 14), at the Rancho Boyeros Airport in Havana, Cuba. Our father had not been strong enough to see us off. Heartfelt sorrow filled my mother's heart as she was strong enough to take the picture of her daughters getting in the airplane that would take us from our hometown, to a strange city and country; Miami, Florida, USA. However, this good-bye was better than to have her daughters' subjected to the communist regime of the island. My sister and I lived in the Florida City camp for months, under the auspice of Organization Pedro Pan Group, Inc. Several months later, Cuqui--my sister's nickname--and I, were able to reunite with our parents in Miami, continuing there-off to New York City, where we took residence. I graduated from Humboldt Junior High School 115. Then I continued to George Washington High School in Manhattan, in the part of town known as Washington Heights. After school, I ventured into dancing and music.
I reside in South Florida with my son Luis Alejandro (my proudest achievement) and most of my family. With many things taking a tool in my life, including a divorce and specially my mother's death, my books became my link to sanity.
To me, writing is the most inner expression of your thoughts, wants and desires. I hope you enjoy reading my books and would love to hear from you. You can post your comments in my 'Guess Book'.
ABOUT MY BOOKS
In my first Book, Missing Evidence, I had to research the properties of gems, (especially sapphires and diamonds) to be able to concoct one part of the drama. On the other hand I had to go into the judicial and guvernamental systems to be able to write about the law enforcement agencies, the armed forces and Viet-Nam.
My third book, The Face of Deceit is the sequel to Missing Evidence. I dug deep into the 'Old Silk Route'; not only because of the route itself and what it represents in reference to the wars (past and present), but because of the treasure that plays such a crucial part in the story. Because of the two rescue missions in the story, I had to read a lot about the process our government and families have to endure, to bring back our soldiers (dead or alive); I had to be able to rightfully write about how to conduct a full military funeral with its entire honor and glory, up to the flag's last fold and presentation . And last, but certainly not least, a beautiful wedding with 'The Arch of Swords' and full military reception.
The Face of Deceit is not only about rescue, closure and family and friend's acceptance, but how love can transform a person when you think there is no hope. It is also about how that especial love and connection can transcend a lifetime of heartache, distance, sickness and sometimes, even death. It is about the meaning of 'Tu Alma y La Mia por Toda la Eternidad' (Your Soul and My Soul for an Eternity)
Then there is Herbert, the Christmas Worm, which was a short story my brother-in-law used to tell the kids (well...truth be told, we all enjoyed it) after dinner, during Noche Buena (Christmas Eve). My sister always wanted me to make it into a book and do the drawings. One day, I was going through some old video tapes to transfer into DVD and guess who appeared! I found the tape from the last time the story was told before my sister became ill. So after much consideration I decided to grant her wish, even though she is no longer with us, and create Herbert.
Note to the reader
Do not let affliction overcloud the good memories of those you love. Remember that LOVE is the most powerful of all emotions; anything can happen when you love strongly. Use it wisely.