Happy 1st Birthday!

WILLLA AwardMy book baby, THE WIND CALLED MY NAME, is a year old today. As with all first babies, one makes mistakes and learns on the fly, especially with this website. I took baby steps as I participated with other authors writing on my first blog, Mad About MG History, and am still learning marketing in general. I am very fortunate to have a group of Latinx women children’s authors  maneuver the intricacies of being debut authors with me. You can learn more about our group at LasMusas.com. These women are still holding my hand as I learn how to participate in Tweetchats, Google Hangouts, and Slack. I marvel at their writing talents and their social media skills which help market our books.

I’m so appreciative of all the support from Lee & Low Books and hope I’ve added something to their wonderful canon of children’s books. Our efforts resulted in my book being recognized as  the 2019 WILLA Award finalist in Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction. Women Writing the West are the sponsors of this fine award.

My next breaking news is that I’m expecting book baby #2 in the near future. This will be a picture book which highlights the work of santeros.  I have a working title, but that may change through the editing process. I hope you’ll celebrate with me when this book baby is born!

 

BOOK COUNTDOWN – 1

 

page 5   I rested my head against the car window and studied the colorless New Mexican sky. Maybe the sky would be a beautiful pink or light purple in Wyoming It might be exciting to see different colored skies on my first trip away from our mountains.

ANNOTATION: On my mom’s first trip to town she hoped to see a different colored sky, and was so disappointed to learn it was still blue.

PURPLE SKY

 

BOOK COUNTDOWN – 2

 

page 5   I rested my head against the car window and studied the colorless New Mexican sky. Maybe the sky would be a beautiful pink or light purple in Wyoming It might be exciting to see different colored skies on my first trip away from our mountains.

On my mom’s first trip to town she hoped to see a different colored sky, and was so disappointed to learn it was still blue.