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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.

It's ok to be sad

We are supposed to keep it upbeat. Right? Social media etiquette demands that our postings be respectful and polite. I can do that. It requires us to be agreeable and on our best behavior. I can do that too. It compels us to “just be happy." I am working on it. I promise. But you see, sometimes life happens. And life is both, happy and sad.

In the beginning of the year I wrote a blog, which I named “Lucky 13." If you scroll back you can read it, if you like. When I wrote it, I was full of enthusiasm and I truly expected a beautiful year ahead. As it turned out, it was a beautiful year. It was also a sad year…

Today I think of those who will have, perhaps, the saddest holiday in this “the happiest time of the year." I think of the victims of the tsunami in the Philippines. I think of my dear cousin who is battling cancer. I think of the friend who lost her young husband this morning and somehow must find a way to comfort her sons. And I think of you, and the sadness you may be holding close to your heart, for no one else to see. To you I send a virtual hug and these words, even if they upset social media etiquette: it’s ok to be sad.

The wonderful thing about life is the abundance of gifts that helps us heal the pain, like my grandchildren. Whenever I am sad I seek their joyful, oh! so refreshing companionship. They are the little muses that make me smiling and inspire me to write. Their company and my writing are my "happy pill."

And so the sad "Lucky 13" went by and, at the end, I wrote and published more children's books than ever before. Please don't tell them, they are going to be their Christmas present…))

I am curious, dear reader, when you are feeling sad, what is your "happy pill?"

 

 

 

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