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Maria de Lourdes


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.


And we finally get to the most fun part of writing a novel. The celebrations! For this, my Oaxacan daughter, I'm not organizing a book tour with readings (readers can read at their own leisure) but a bunch of FIESTAS in Mexico and in the USA. Yes, parties with traditional music and snacks that are typical of the beautiful state of Oaxaca.

I am not envisioning long speeches but fun conversation with my readers. Mostly I would like to sing and dance, drink and be merry with you – oaxacan style.

For the presentation in Oaxaca I purposely chose to have it during the Guelaguetza http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/p/guelaguetza.htm - The Guelaguetza is a big festival, which honors the corn goddess, Centéotl, and also Our Lady of Carmen, in a combined celebration of new and ancient religious faiths. Those who can come to the presentation can also enjoy this wonderful festivity. 

I am happy to invite you all to the book tour and to the other cities, as well, including my own beloved Veracruz. I am coming from afar to humbly offer you my novel and to thank you for your help, support, and love. Hopefully you can join me!

Ps: the book tour in the US will be announced very soon

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