Feb.26

Latinas Write Romance…Author Maria Ferrer

Dear Constant Reader,

I am pleased to share my blog today with Latina romance author Maria Ferrer.

Writing the Latino Hero

by Maria C. Ferrer

I am writing Latino heroes, and they are different from white heroes or African American heroes.  It’s not just the color of their skin because — believe it or not — Latinos come in all shades.  And, it’s not the dark hair, because some Latinos are blonde…some are even bald.

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Being Latino and writing a Latino hero is more about culture and language.

 

I won’t bother to talk about regurgitating the Latino Lover mystique, because I find clichés so passé, unless the author uses them properly.  But that is another article all together.
What it really comes down to, what really shapes the Latino hero is the author.

 

My heroes are usually Puerto Rican, because I’m Puerto Rican. When I am writing a Latino hero or fleshing him out, I already have a blue print in my mind of who he is.  My hero is Catholic; has a close knit family; visits Puerto Rico often to see family and friends; still asks for his Abuelita’s blessing when he sees her; likes to dance salsa and merengue; and prefers rum to vodka.

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Of course, if he’s a New York Rican — that’s a Puerto Rican who grows up in New York, whether they were born in Puerto Rico or not — he will have all of the above, plus a New York City attitude and sophistication.

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The easiest and fastest way to show the hero’s Latinidad is through language.  My hero speaks English, Spanish and Spanglish.  (Yes, Virginia, Spanglish is a language.)  He says, querida and amada / lover and beloved.

 

This is what I start with.  Then the story’s plot line will shape the hero further — where he lives; where he works; his immediate family and friends; the women in his life, past and present; etc. My hero has everything a “regular” non-Latino has/ could have; he just has a little something extra that I will weave here and there into the plot to enhance the story.8603464_gal

 

What is that something extra?  What makes a Latino Hero?  Amor y sabor.♥

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Maria C. Ferrer is proud to be part of the Latinas Write Romance Blog Tour with Mercedes Cruz and Vanessa Peters.  Maria writes contemporary romances under her real name and erotica under the pseudonym of Del Carmen.  Her stories have been published by Cleis Press and Ravenous Romance, and have appeared in such magazines as Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Penthouse and Star.  Visit her at www.marializaferrer.blogspot.com and www.mydelcarmen.com.

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Feb.02

Latinas Write Romance…Author Mercedes Cruz

Dear Constant Reader,

I am pleased to share my blog today with Latina romance author Mercedes Cruz.

Love Latino Style

By Mercedes Cruz

Latinos are a group of unique people. Almost everything we do we do is with passion. As a Latina born and raised in the USA, I personally can speak from experience. Although I have found that my up-bringing in a big city makes me more American than Latina, I can still very much relate to Love Latino Style. Being a Latina is in the food, the mannerisms, the music and the tough love.

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I will not say that I am the authority on Latino love or speak for all Latinos; I can say the love I received from my parents might have been a little, ok a lot, harsher than my non-Latino peers. Part of these, sometimes harsh lessons, included loving each other despite our past disagreements. These lessons I learned, whether through the good or bad times as a young adult, will stay with me forever.

Please check out more from this fabulous writer.  Visit her at

Blog www.mercedescruz.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Mercededscruz

Twitter @MercedesAuthor

 

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Sep.14

Why I’m a Multicultural Romance Writer

When I sat down to answer the question of why I write multicultural romance, I drew a complete and utter blank.  Every reason I theorized, did not ring true for me.  The answer came only after I realized that writing in this genre of romance was not my intent.
 
I have been an avid reader since a young age.  One of my most vivid memories is of my parents taking me to Walden Books and scanning the racks for the perfect book to take home.  Even as a constant reader, it was not until my late teens that I read a book with Hispanic characters.  I am of Puerto Rican descent, born and raised in New York, and while urban city life has allowed me to relate to a great many things, I could not find a story that mirrored my life.  I was at a loss to find a story that allowed me to make a direct connection to the world I grew up in.  Though I have found a great many amazing Hispanic authors, the stories of second and third generation Hispanics coming of age in the U.S. are far and few in fiction.
 
Once I discovered romance, Historical to Erotic and Chick-Lit to Paranormal, I added in a whole new world of characters and stories to my voracious appetite for reading.  I couldn’t get enough.  My status as constant reader turned to that of insatiable reader.  While I was thoroughly entertained, I was again unable to find my likeness between the pages.    I longed for stories of strong and confident Latinas with careers, who are not afraid to push to the next level in both life and love; stories of interracial romances, where cultures come together, finding passion and love because, and in spite of, their differences.
 
So my intent was never to write a multicultural romance, so much as to write stories set within a frame I could fully relate to, with characters that reflect me and the people in the world around me.  Whether it is in the form of Latinas or interracial couples, there is a lack of representation within literature.  I feel I can make a contribution to altering that by writing to the changing faces of couples and love in America and connecting with a growing population that also wants to see itself in books, if that makes me a writer of multicultural romances, so be it.

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