The Next Big Thing- Children of the Clouds
The Next Big Thing – Los Hijos de las Nubes (The Children of the Clouds)
I've been tagged! My dear Hedgebrook sister, Donna Miscolta, author of When the de la Cruz Family Danced, tagged me in the Internet chair game in which writers answer seven questions about their next writing project. You can read about Donna's Next Big Thing Q and A in her wonderful writing blog. I can't wait to get my own copy of The Education of Angie Rubio and enjoy Donna's hilarious, poignant prose, telling the growing up pains of Angie – the social outcast who tries to fit in and find her place in the world.
So here are the seven questions about My Next Big Thing.
What is the working title of your book?
Los Hijos de las Nubes (The Children of the Clouds)
What is the origin of this book idea?
I find myself writing about my beloved Mexico.
Veracruz by Eduardo Pavon
With my first novel, Los Hijos del Mar (The children of the sea) I paid tribute to the state of Veracruz, Mexico, where I grew up. The novel, set during the nineteen-century Mexico and Spain, weaves the lives of the Victoria family, my father's relatives (a line of Mexican pharmacists struggling to survive in the small fishing village of Catemaco) and The Muguira family, my mother's kindred (Spanish immigrants who moved to Mexico in order to seek a better life for themselves and for their children). With Veracruz as the setting, my aim was to bring to the reader the beauty and traditions of my homeland.
With the new novel, I turn my attention to Oaxaca, my second most favorite state in Mexico. Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful, ethnically diverse regions in Mexico is best known for its expressions of culture and history and for its mix of prehispanic treasures and colonial patrimony, as well as for its music, dance, painting, traditions, and culinary arts.
When I first visited Oaxaca I was fifteen years old and I was immediately smitten with its sights, history and people. I knew, even then, that some day I would write a novel about that magical place.
Oaxaca - Cathedral by Buzzthrill
Los Hijos de las Nubes brings my readers the uniqueness of that captivating region part of the world. The novel, set in the late 1800's in the city of Tlaxiaco, tells the story of a family of hacendados tlapicheros (sugar mill landlords). It is a tale of love, loyalties divided and ethnic tensions occurring at one of the most tumultuous times in our Mexican history.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I am not sure but I would be disappointed if the cast were not Mexican and Zapotec actors, except for Rogan McDana (and his siblings) who are Irish.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Children of the Clouds is the love story of a zapotec woman and an Irish man told by a nun in Oaxaca, Mexico during the post revolution years (1920).
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am still working on it. I have spent about half my time in the "information gathering" stage: reading, researching, talking to people, and collecting documents in the library. My goal is to finish the novel this year.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My love for Mexico has been my inspiration. I also wanted an excuse to spend as much time as possible in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca - Tradition by Travis S.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I am thoroughly enjoying writing about many traditions, which, unfortunately, have been lost. I believe my readers will appreciate learning about the true meaning of those traditions, and maybe even resurrect them (ok, maybe I am overly optimistic) and not just follow those that have become so commercialized to incite the average tourist to visit Oaxaca. I am grateful for those authors before me who have paid true tribute, and celebrated, the richness and beauty of our culturally diverse ancestry.