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Marisel Vera commented on the blog post 'Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted'
"Pamela, I feel that if I keep my sight on "the journey," it helps me be grateful for what I have done and encourages me in the present.  It's so easy to fall into the writer envy trap!"
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Pamela Williamson commented on the blog post 'Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted'
"Great post, Marisel. I love this sentence: "Writing is the only way that I can quiet that urgency inside me that compels me to express myself." So true for me too. It is so nice to know that I am not alone in my doubts.…"
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Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted

Countdown to Publication Blog -- Week 7. She Writes amigas, I have a confession to make: I had a crisis of faith. It began with a question, sneaking up on me while I was doing something as ordinary as hanging up clothes in my closet, a question so blunt and bold that no one I knew had ever dared to ask…See More
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Who I am:
I am the daughter of Puerto Rican migrants to Chicago and grew up in Humboldt Park, Chicago's version of el barrio. Because I knew so little Puerto Rican history, I dreamed about Puerto Rico. Researching the island and culture for my novel If I Bring You Roses was my way of discovering it.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.mariselvera.com

marisel_vera (twitter)
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
If I Bring You Roses published 8/3/11 by Grand Central Publishing
The Liberation of Carmela Lopez (as yet unpublished novel)
The Liberation of Carmela Lopez (a play based on the novel adapted and directed by my daughter Alyssa Vera Ramos
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My writing is:
Fiction
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Services I offer to other writers:
Encouragement, empathy
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I Followed Beckett To My Dream

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 9:00pm 5 Comments



            When I first began to work on IF I BRING YOU ROSES, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of my ambition.  I recall how I stood in the middle of my office surrounded by all the books that I loved. How could I ever hope to achieve what Anton Chekhov, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald had? I was a mere mortal.  I couldn’t think of how to start so I prayed—for guidance to research and learn all that I needed to know to tell my story and—for the talent to…

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No Book Tour For You

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 6:49pm 12 Comments



Countdown to Publication—Week Two

 

             Eighteen years ago, six weeks after giving birth to my son, a friend and I took the train to downtown Chicago to meet Oscar Hijuelos on his book tour for THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE.   I was so excited…

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Family Stories Enrich Your Story

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 8:30pm 3 Comments



Countdown to Publication: Week Three

 

            We took my mother to visit her sister in Bangor, Michigan this past weekend and we were talking about the old days at the kitchen table when my mother mentioned how years ago when she visited Spain, she had…

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At 8:05pm on July 18, 2012, Pamela Williamson said…

Hi Marisel,

Thanks for becoming my new friend! :)

At 11:30am on March 29, 2012, Bernice L. McFadden said…

I jsuts aw your request about The Help. I have no idea when it was sent. I'm sure that the date has passed - if not - please mail me: bernicemcfadden@hotmail.com

At 10:50am on August 21, 2011, Linda Gartz said…

Hi again!

Have fun with the college trip. I'll be incommunicado from 9/1-9/16, so I hope to catch up with you after that. I'll make a note on my calendar. I'm so impressed you finished your book and are on the tour. I hope you have lots of success with it!

At 9:38pm on August 11, 2011, Darlene Foster said…
Great!  Good luck with the sales.
At 10:56am on August 6, 2011, Lovenia Leapart said…

Thank you! And CONTRATULATIONS on the release of your new novel! I LOVE your blog posts and I wish you much literary success!

 

At 7:04pm on August 1, 2011, Claire McAlpine said…

Hi Marisel, thanks for connecting & congratulations on your book, it sounds wonderful and I am enjoying the journey via your blog. Life in France is definitely like living a dream, and as you know dreams come with all manner of challenges and perseverance is a helpful virtue.

All the best, Claire

At 11:12pm on July 22, 2011, Dianne Baines said…
Hello Marisel( what pretty name) I have enjoyed reading your blogs. Welcome to the Mystery Writers Group
At 5:51pm on July 22, 2011, Julija Sukys said…

Hi Marisel!

Lovely to connect.

Julija.

At 1:52pm on July 22, 2011, Caroline Leavitt said…
Marisel, I want to host you on my blog! Contact me at carleavitt@hotmail.com/
At 12:58am on July 22, 2011, shelley goldman said…
you can approach local charitable organizations and suggest they schedule a reading  by you as one of their fundraising events - they can charge  a small fee for admission, and you can sell books there at a discounted price ..... you can add a question and answer session to the reading.......
 
 
 

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