For as long as I can remember, I talked about writing a novel. I would start them and never finish. They would sit there, languishing in MS Word Hell. I always had the momentum to start, but struggled to get all the way through them. I realized it was probably because at the time, I was attempting to write non-fiction. Some stories are just too personal to tell. It takes more courage than I think I have to put all of that out there for public scrutiny.
But truth be told, I feel the same way about fiction as well. Every story is based on some nugget of truth. Some more than others.
I’d been mulling over what became The Place We Went to Yesterday for years. I knew the basic structure of the story and had a strong protagonist in mind. Stuffed from a tremendous Thanksgiving dinner in 2013, I sat down and began writing. And writing. And writing. The words just flowed through me and into that Word document like nobody’s business. I shared those early pages with my niece, who encouraged me to “write more, write faster.” And so, I did.
Over the course of the next four months, I finished my first novel.
The Place We Went to Yesterday is a story of resilience. It is a tribute to the strongest women I know. It is a reflection of my multicultural upbringing. Growing up just north of Miami meant that my childhood was imbued with rich, Cuban culture and cuisine. Living in Brooklyn for over a decade only added to it. The smells and sights and sounds of a life well-lived are all captured in these pages.
It’s been a long, uphill battle as this is my first novel, but it’s all done and I can’t wait for you to meet Ella! She’s an amazing young woman!
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