Born in the Bronx, raised in Miami, relocated to Houston – I am of Puerto Rican descent – A.K.A. a “nuyorican.” I am blessed to be the mother to four grown children, “Mimi” to a couple of gorgeous grandchildren (would love more), and happily married (the second time around) to a phenomenal man for twenty-seven years.
Life is not always easy (and I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth). When you’re going through struggles, you sometimes feel you are all alone. The pain is real. The hurt feels as though your insides will burst, and in your brokenness you feel hopeless, like it will never end. Instead of reaching out, you become a shut-in … medicate yourself with either alcohol, drugs, or sometimes even food. But God gives us life, and life is precious and worth living.
Even before attempting to blog, I had begun to write about my childhood journeys into my adulthood. At first I thought it would be something for my kids one day. But then I’d been told that I have a story worth sharing so that others may hear and become inspired.
So what exactly do I share? I share about life’s lessons through some hardships, but also how it is possible to confront your past, live in the present, and look forward to the future. ¡Wepa!
Within the past few years of writing, I had joined a writers guild and attended weekly critique groups. The end result: I completed an 88,500-word manuscript and sought representation for publication … God began opening doors! In 2015, I found Megan LaFollett, Director of Publishing at Chart House Press who introduced me to Jeff Hastings, President of Chart House Press, LLC.
UPDATE: I am honored and proud to say that in May 2016, “Running in Heels” is in its new expanded, Second Edition with Ella Ritchie and Stellar Communications Houston. I look forward with great anticipation on our newfound journey together to building an exciting working relationship. Check out her awesome interview of me on her blog here.
“Running in Heels” is more than a memoir. This is a promise of hope and survival to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for anyone who was abandoned as a child or an adult, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body.
“Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace” is When I was Puerto Rican meets Glass Castle. This memoir is the journey of a coming-of-age Puerto Rican girl seeking love and security with her difficult mother in an impoverished home who becomes a teenage bride to an abusive man twice her age. Can she overcome insurmountable obstacles of poverty, racism, alcoholism, violence, and abandonment while hope is shattered time after time?
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