Mixed Emotions

It’s with mixed emotions that I returned to my familiar home of 39 years, Portland, Oregon in mid-May. Leaving what I call my “adopted country, Mexico” where I share a home with my husband in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende,   (http://adventureswithsher.blogspot.com/2014/03/in-residence-in-san-miguel-de-allende.html) is always with mixed emotions as I have so many new-found friends there, a support group of writers with the San Miguel Literary Sala, wonderful neighbors, both Mexican and Ex-pats,  and a Clay Studio where I can go and sculpt to my creative hands’ delight. On the other hand, its always wonderful to know I am coming back to dear long-time friends and my wonderful family in Portland, Oregon. The plus side also is I return to our small cottage on the Oregon Coast on the Nehalem River, a place of peaceful days where I can write, kayak, walk the nearby beach in Manzanita and just enjoy our mild summer weather. Note, I said “summer weather!”  It’s a different story in the winter when Oregon rains and grey skies color our days!  How blessed I feel to have the opportunity to live in two such ideal places at times when they are at their best: winter and spring in San Miguel and summer and fall in Oregon. So no complaints, just mixed emotions. 

Mission

 Oregon’s Nehalem River  and the beautiful colonial buildings of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. 

 

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Attention Book Groups: Sample Under the Salvadoran Sun

Do you have a book group?  Looking for an interesting novel to read which relates to current issues like immigration? Here’s a sample from my book, Under the Salvadoran Sun, which I call “a late-in-life love story wrapped around the issue of immigration. The setting is Latin America, specifically post-war El Salvador, and the protagonists are a successful sculptor from Seattle and an engineer from Boston.  It’s  available on Amazon or as an ebook on Kindle in some Northwest bookstores, as well in The Tienda of the Bibliotecha in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where I spend my winters. . I would be happy to talk with your book group via Skype or if you’re in the Northwest, Oregon or Washington or of course, if you have a book group in San Miguel de Allende. I could drive there to meet with your group. There are discussion questions in the back of the book.  Here’s a short sample: 

The Scene is a conversation between the protagonist, Angela and her Salvadoran friend, Adriana, who wants to get to the US to join her husband, an undocumented worker in California. She hopes Angela will help her and has already had a promise from Angela’s lover, Liam, that he will take her. Adriana has just disclosed Liam’s promise and Angela tries to dissuade her: 

Angela went on: “I must tell you I don’t entirely approve of Liam’s promise to you,” said Angela. “It will be very dangerous to cross the border illegally for all of you: Liam, you and Cici. I know how much you want to be with Jorge, but sadly, it’s against our immigration laws. It would be better if you applied for a visa from the Embassy.” Angela knew how naive she was. No one like Adriana, a campesino from the rural countryside, could get a visa to the States now. It took years. In the meantime, families were torn asunder, whole villages disrupted as they became more and more dependent on the remittances sent back from the States, a huge percentage of their country’s gross domestic product. 

“Angela, I’m not afraid. I must join my husband and Cici must have her father back.” Adriana sounded determined, almost defiant.

Read the book to see if Angela changes her mind and helps Adriana. 

 

Book Marketing: Much to Learn

I recently made a trip up to Seattle to tout my book. Read about it by clicking on Adventures with

Sher in my menu.  Visiting bookstores was eyeopening and also tempting. I learned which books are most 

displayed and what’s up front. I also enjoyed talking to the owners and buyers to get the latest 

scoop on what they look for when deciding on their orders. They were all glad I am represented 

by Ingram, a national distributer. Admittedly they are more apt to buy from local authors than 

from someone from out of the state. I came back with a lot more information and ideas—and 

also with more books!  This is a hazard and pleasure of visiting bookstores. 

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