My Recent On-line Interview

Just wanted to offer a “thumbs up” for interested readers of my blog about my recent online interview by Wayne Potter of Keeping Kurrent on Sound Cloud.  You can listen to it by clicking on to this link.  Hope you enjoy learning more about how I came to write Under the Salvadoran Sun and my work with eco-viva.

To make it more interesting I thought I would ad some photos of my friends in El Salvador, who were so much a part of my inspiration for the story.  I am sad to read the news these days about the thousands of Central American children who are amassing at the border, trying to escape not only poverty but the horrible violence and killing of their families who are often caught in the crossfire between the narcotics traffickers and the gangs.  Children as young as four years old are recruited by the gangs to deal drugs; it’s a disparaging situation. In my view, I think we have to regard these children not as an extension of the “immigration problem” but as refugees that we must take in just as other countries in the  world have had to take in refugees.  We can not turn them back with the chance they will only face death.  Especially since the situation is largely due to the exportation of gangs from the barrios of Los Angeles, where Salvadorans were exiled during the Civil War in the 80’s. Their children were introduced to the gang culture here and when they were deported after the war they brought that culture with them; due to poverty and nowhere to go, lack of jobs and social programs they ended up the cycle of gang life and violence. I do not have the answers, but I do know the world’s eyes are upon us; as a humane nation we cannot turn these children away! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW. I am interested in my readers’ thoughts on this. 

I have digressed. Here’s the photos.  Some of the children will steal your hearts, I think. They sure did mine. 

The chapel where Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980.

The chapel where Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980.

 

The typical Pupuseria. Puousas are the national dish, like two small tortillas with a stuffing in-between of beans, cheese, pork.

The typical Pupuseria. Puousas are the national dish, like two small tortillas with a stuffing in-between of beans, cheese, pork.

 

A small in front of the image of his hero, Archbishop Romero on the memorial wall in a park in San Salvador.

A small in front of the image of his hero, Archbishop Romero on the memorial wall in a park in San Salvador.

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Children in Ciudad Romero, El Salvador
Little Salvadoran Girl in Ciudad Romero

Little Salvadoran Girl in Ciudad Romero

 

Jose Alberto Garcia, my amigo and wonderful the wonderful art teacher I assisted.

Jose Alberto Garcia, my amigo and wonderful the wonderful art teacher I assisted.

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Up But Not Running!

To my many friends and readers, this is to inform you that two weeks after my fun and successful book launch, I became one of San Miguel de Allende’s many  “fallen women.”

Yes, I fell at the wonderful annual fiesta at the SMA Writers’ Conference, while dancing, when my feet slipped out from under me and I caught myself with my right arm—crunch! I’m now in a full right arm cast and you can well imagine a writer’s frustration when she can no longer write all those book scenes rolling around in her head.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will soon be back in operation. My next novel and maybe a re-issue of my travel memoir are both on the burners waiting for the fire to be lit under them! Check out my book on Amazon and the fine reviews from my readers. My apologies: I took down the Kindle version to make some much needed corrections; it will be back up in a week. Keep posting those reviews, please. 

Attention book group fans: please note that at the end of Under The Salvadoran Sun, there are questions and guidelines for book groups. I would be delighted to Skype with your book group if they choose to read my book. Let me know by writing me at davidsonsher8@gmail.com

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Memorializing Nelson Mandela, an Author of Change

Wishing to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela this past week caused me to think about how he transformed the world. That coincided with the  the privilege I had of participating in a teleseminar with Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book  and the Author Training Manual.  The theme of the seminar was about being an author of change. I thought about the essence of my new novel, Under the Salvadoran Sun, and one of the main reasons I wrote it. Like my main character, Angela, I have always wanted to “make a difference,” to feel I have done something that might help others, that might bring more justice and peace to the world. Like great people whose lives serve as examples of good, literature has the ability to inspire us to think in new ways, to inform, and to influence the thoughts and actions of others. This is not only true of non-fiction, but can be true of fiction as well. One of my favorite books, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a perfect example. Her thoughtful and profound writing about racial prejudice was not a polemic against racism, instead she created a literary microcosm in which the interactions of her characters brought the issue to the forefront in a poignant manner, causing readers then and to this day to think about the awful consequences of prejudice. Likewise, Mandela’s life and actions brought about the end of apartheid.

Motivated by growing concerns on how our country treats those who put food on our tables, namely the undocumented workers from Latin America, I wrote Under the Salvadoran Sun. My concerns are reflected in dialogue between my characters and the plot. I hope my readers will think about our nation’s current policies which leave little opportunity for those who cross the border, work hard and pay taxes, and often have familias in the US, to find a road to citizenship. Of course, I do not pretend to have all the answers on this complicated issue and want only to  encourage dialogue about possible solutions to a more and more untenable situation. 

What Nina calls an Author of Change is someone who writes with passion about an issue. who has a message, a cause or a soul purpose to fulfill via her or his writing.  As she states, “we live at a unique time in history when change happens more quickly than ever before. You can have impact, assist positive change, author change in a variety of ways including with a book.

First and most importantly, I hope my readers find pleasure in reading “a love story, wrapped around the issue of immigration” as I often call it. That they may enjoy it and relate to my characters is of key importance, but maybe they will also remember to think with compassion about the many immigrants that make up the fiber of our nation and have always contributed to its history.

I would love to hear readers’ opinions on this key issue, immigration reform, and invite you to comment by clicking Contact on my menu bar.