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Maria de Lourdes

Victoria

I am a bilingual writer born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, currently residing in the state of Washington. I write novels, short stories and children’s books. I wrote my first novel, Los Hijos Del Mar (The children of the sea) because I wanted my sons to know their ancestry and to be proud of their heritage. The story, set during the late nineteenth century in México and in Spain, is based on the lives of my ancestors, the Victorias, who made a name for themselves in México’s pharmaceutical industry, and the Muguiras, Spanish immigrants who found success cultivating and trading coffee seeds. The novel weaves both families’ sagas into a shared destiny and their intertwined tales becomes, finally, the love story of my parents. Click here to read a chapter of Los Hijos del Mar.

My second novel, Más allá de la Justicia (Beyond Justice) is a farewell to my former profession as a litigator. Through the first-person narrative of my three characters, I bring my reader into the harsh world of our criminal justice system, the complex lives of the accused, and the people who work, relentlessly, in the pursuit of justice. While the novel is not a memoir, my work as a public defender influenced my writing, and the process became therapy, allowing me to understand how the experience had shaped me. Click here to preview Mas Alla De La Justicia

A number of literary journals have published my short stories. The theme that seems to permeate my prose in that genre is the struggle that Latinos face in the United States. My characters are often working women trying to survive in a country that is not their own. The inspiration for the stories often comes from the people I try to help in my current work as a mediator.

I particularly enjoy writing for children. I find the process uplifting, and a good source of balance, especially when the substance of my adult work is often dark, and daunting. The more I explore and learn about this genre, the more it calls to me, especially when I am around my grandchildren, who are my best, and most devoted audience.

¡VÁMONOS DE VIAJE!

Y POR FIN llegamos a la parte más divertida de escribir una novela. ¡La hora de presentarla! Para ésta, mi hija oaxaqueña, no estoy organizando una lectura (para leerla ya tendrán tiempo mis lectores) sino muchas FIESTAS. Una serie de fiesta oaxaqueñas con música y bocadillos típicos de esa ciudad tan bella en Oaxaca, Tuxtla y Veracruz, mi amado puerto.

No quiero discursos largos sino una charla amena con mis lectores. Quiero que me hagan preguntas si las tienen y si no, que celebren conmigo con una copa de vino y buena música.

Para la presentación de Oaxaca escogí al propósito la semana de la Guelaguetza http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/p/guelaguetza.htm - El festival de la Guelaguetza, como se celebra hoy en día, es una combinación de celebraciones prehispánicas de la diosa del maíz, Centéotl, y el día de la fiesta católica de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, que se celebra el 16 de julio. Todo el estado se pone de fiesta.

Estoy feliz de poder invitarlos/as a todos/as a la gira del libro. Vengo desde lejos a ofrecerles mi novela, y a darles las gracias por toda su ayuda, su apoyo, y su cariño. ¡Ojalá puedan acompañarme!

Ps: la gira del libro en USA se anunciará muy pronto.

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