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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Author
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Introduction It was never my intent to write a Christian novel. In 1997, I finished writing my first novel. Although I had an agent, the novel was rejected by several publishers; one major publisher expressed interest -- if I changed the format to their specifications. I refused and put it aside. One night, while browsing through my novels-in-progress I came across a 10,000-word manuscript about a woman and man who, disillusioned by love, seek something deeper. Nine months later a more spiritual, in-depth 120,000-word novel evolved, which ultimately became CHOOSE ME. In October 2003, I submitted the manuscript to Walk Worthy Press whose publisher turned out to be my former agent. Some people call it coincidence, I call it fate. My 2nd novel (which is ironically my first) tentatively entitled IN THE PICTURE I HAVE OF YOU, is under consideration for publication. In 2006, I self-published my "3rd" book, BORICUA MORENA: MEMOIRS OF A HUMBOLDT PARK GIRL, a collection of essays, poetry & short stories. Currently, I am editing my 3rd novel, NEGRITA MEANS LOVE and my second self-published book, a children's memoir, HUMBOLDT PARK DAYS.
Interests Writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays; dancing bomba, salsa, merengue, reggaeton; playing tennis, Double Dutch, and softball, doing yoga; riding bike
Favorite Movies Heat, My Family/Mi Familia, The Godfather I & II, I Like It Like That, Love and Basketball, The Brothers, Good Will Hunting, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, Boyz in the Hood, Do The Right Thing, Shrek, Toy Story, Matrix (the 1st one)
Favorite Music Monkees, Celia Cruz, Black-Eyed Peas, Patra, Ivy Queen, Mark Anthony, Heatwave, Juanes, Beatles, Don Omar, AfroBoricua, Temptations, India.arie, Tracy Chapman, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Notch, Sonores Carruseles
Favorite Books SISTER by A.Manette Ansay, DROWN by Junot Diaz, READ THIS AND TELL ME WHAT IT SAYS by A.Manette Ansay, ELLEN FOSTER by CAUCASIA by Danzy Senna, MAMA'S GIRL by Veronica Chambers, DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS by Piri Thomas, CHOOSE ME & BORICUA MORENA: MEMOIRS OF A HUMBOLDT PARK GIRL by Yours Truly :)