What’s Your Book About?

I feel like an anomaly in the self published author world. I’m lost a world SCI Fi, Fantasy and YA (Young Adult) book writers. Most of which are White women between the ages of 25 and 35. I’m a 41 year old Latino Meat Cutter writing a memoir about my father’s life. I don’t fit any box. I’m also having trouble finding other aspiring authors in my demographic. That is why I’m determined to see this project through. First because it is important for his story to be told. Secondly, I want to inspire other people like myself to write and tell their unique stories.

This book is 10 years in the making and I have yet to write a single sentence. Sort of. In my previous blog, GHETTOBLASTER, I wrote a condensed version of my father’s story. The story came about from recalling all the stories he used to tell about his life in Nicaragua before immigrating to the United States in 1980. I was fascinated by his stories. Everything from growing up in rural Nicaragua in the 1940’s before electricity and television had reached his neck of the woods. In his 20’s he worked as Tariff Officer. Which basically meant he busted people selling contraband cigarettes’ and alcohol. Then he was the head of security for a high ranking Government banker who happened to be best friends with the President of Nicaragua at the time. I also chronical his journey north to better life in the United States.

It sounds cliché, but it is in fact an Immigrant’s Story meets Forrest Gump. Throughout his life he experienced a lot of firsts. He met with many famous and some infamous people in Nicaraguan History and high society. He predicted and witnessed communism’s infiltration and overtaking of the government and the nation. Which led to the his life changing decision to immigrate to the United States and start a whole new life. With this book I hope to shine a positive light on immigration and immigrants. That we’re not all “rapists and drug dealers”. Most immigrants are hard working people with families only looking for better opportunities than what is afforded to them in their home countries. Many trying to escape poverty but also war, gang violence and even genocide. My father’s is just one of millions of stories that need to be told.

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