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.14

A Love Letter

Beloved…

How do I describe this feeling?

It moves through me

Rippling from my heart

Flooding my body

Overwhelmed

Heart in hand

I stand before you

 Externamente…You are mine

 This tether at my side

Flesh of my flesh

Bone of my bone

Do you know?

Even after all these years

How the warmth of your skin

Pressed against mine

Leaves me speechless

 Beloved…

 The feel of your lips

Pressed against mine

Sweet and decadent

Leaves me breathless

Desperate for more

Love me as I love you

All that I am

I lay before you

 Eternamente… I am yours

Please check out these other fabulous writers who are also blogging for Valentine’s Day

Visit them and find out just how different we are and yet how similar. They are:

Del Carmen writes hot, kinky, satisfying erotica.  Visit her at www.mydelcarmen.com

Also writing as Maria Ferrer at

http://marializaferrer.blogspot.com/2015/02/blog-tour-writers-desk.html

Mercedes Cruz writes fun and kinky erotica based on characters living in New York City. Visit her at www.mercedescruz.

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Feb.11

A Writer’s Desk

Any writer can tell you their desk is truly wherever they have a pen and paper…or smart phone or tablet…in hand.  I personally always have a small notebook and pen with me.  Old school habit I guess.   I generally only use my phone in a pinch.

But, when I am home, I have my desk.  There my laptop always sits, readily waiting.

I live in New York.   Brooklyn to be exact, and as you might guess, my space is shall we say…limited.    There is no separate office space.  No room in which I can close the door and be one with my writing.  That is unless I want to lock myself in the bathroom with my laptop…which I don’t.   So, instead I have a corner in my living room which I have made into my own mini writer’s den.  There I have my desk and it is stocked with all the things I love.

Books are all around me… on my desk …under it…in a bookcase off to my left.  I have pencil cups stocked full of pens.  Though I only write with a select few.  Papers and folders and dictionaries…oh my!

And, just for good measure a painted Day of the Dead skull that I lovingly call La Loca, who keeps me company when I write late into the night.

As as painter, I also always feel more inspired when surrounded by images and things that inspire me.  So, I have paintings, sculptures and posters all around that motivate and drive me.  On my walls I have paintings done by my father which he completed as a young man.  Mixed in with those are my own paintings and drawings done by my son.  As well as a poster of one of my favorite paintings by Frida Kahlo.

This little corner is my haven where I dream up stories of love and romance.  I have taken special care in choosing what is there.  Maybe one day I will have a great library and office.  But for now I am happy to type way in my small corner in Brooklyn.

That was just a bit about my writer’s desk. Please check out these other fabulous writers who are also blogging about their writing spaces today, Wednesday, February 11.

Visit them and find out just how different we are and yet how similar. They are:

Del Carmen writes hot, kinky, satisfying erotica.  Visit her at www.mydelcarmen.com

Also writing as Maria Ferrer at

http://marializaferrer.blogspot.com/2015/02/blog-tour-writers-desk.html

Mercedes Cruz writes fun and kinky erotica based on characters living in New York City. Visit her at www.mercedescruz.

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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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Jan.01

Greatness Awaits

Looking back at 2014, I can say it was not what I had hoped or anticipated.

Did I accomplish all the goals I had set for myself?    No.

It was a struggle. I was knocked on my ass more than once. And while I was able to make some strides, it wasn’t until the latter half of the year before I finally started feeling like I had my legs back under me. And once I did I found a staggering amount of catching-up to be done.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

-William Shakespeare

In hindsight, I can say I was ambitious with little thought towards limits. I had unrealistic expectations as to what I could accomplish in a month, week, a day.

And I really underestimated the amount of sleep I needed in order to function, which in the end ultimately caused me to hit the wall…a few times.

But, the rough year is behind me and I am better for it. It has given me a keen awareness of my limitations, as well as a better gage of my strengths and weaknesses.

So with all that behind me, my hope for the New Year is high. I look at the months stretched out before me with optimism and excitement.

So on day one of 2015, I eagerly stand at the starting line ready to take the year head on.

Greatness awaits and will race ahead to meet it.

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Dec.15

Getting There In Time

As the New Year approaches a litany of impending deadlines looms before me.

It never fails that by year’s end, I find that I stretched my time beyond repair.  As the months roll by, I am always certain there are still a limitless number of days in which I will be able to catch up on. And then comes December.

Oh dear! Oh dear!  I shall be too late. – The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

From 12/1/2014 on, the tick tock of the days and hours rushing forward, even as I will them to slow down, pushes me to check and recheck dates and lists. I’m left continually asking myself whether I have accomplished within this year all that I could have…should have?

So now, with a little over 2 weeks left in 2014, I have taken the loftiest of my unaccomplished goals for the year and have resolved to fulfill it. I have set my completion deadline for no less than 11:59pm on December 31, 2014.
The passing of each second now booms within me. The White Rabbit runs rampant in my mind at all hours of the day and night. Nonetheless, I will not be deterred.

I may have to ring in the New Year bleary eyed, sleep deprived and with a touch more of the Hatter in me than when I began, but so be it.  I will, as dear Mr. Carroll wrote, “begin at the beginning, and go on till the end: then stop.”

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Dec.02

A Deep Weathered Basket…

Today has been a day of reflection and insight. This time last year I was on day one of a major life change both personally and professionally. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once.

Has it been an easy year? No. It has required me to push past my limits more than once. Yes.

I’ve had to take stock of what is important and what I would, could and must do without. People, perceptions and ideals have shifted or faded completely. And while I’ve lamented the loss of some, I know these changes are all necessary in order to become the artist, writer, wife, mother and woman I know I am meant to be.

I leave you with a quote from Jayne R. Brown’s poem, “Finding Her Here”.   I read it for the first time this year and it moved something in me and never fails to remind me of why I began this journey of self-discovery.

“I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted,

grey at the temples,

soft body, delighted,

cracked up by life

with a laugh that’s known bitter

but, past it, got better,

knows she’s a survivor-

that whatever comes,

she can outlast it.

I am becoming

a deep weathered basket.”

 

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Nov.01

Finding the High Road

So, I haven’t written a blog post in a month due having to take care of some necessary, and decidedly less fun, aspects of operating a business. But during my mini hiatus, I have had the opportunity to regroup and come to some very clear decisions not just for myself but for my brand as well.
The first major lesson learned is…
Ask questions and do your homework.
I recently learned the hard lesson of what happens after you do not ask enough questions. When you don’t do your own research or follow blindly into any project, venture, business, etc. you have to be willing to accept the consequences. When later down the road the end product or event is not what you envisioned, you can only hold yourself accountable. What your assumptions or expectations were mean nothing if you never made your voice heard. And believe me, I did have to learn this the hard way…kinda in a brick to the head type of hard way.

 

Secondly, in this past month I have come to an understanding regarding not just in my business as a writer and artist, but in my day to day as well…
While I cannot control the actions of others, I can most certainly control my own.
Sounds like a simple enough concept to understand I know, but very hard to put in practice when you are faced with the actual. Regardless of how poor others handle themselves, bad mouthing, talking smack, or just plain being unprofessional yourself, resolves nothing. Those negative reactions only serve to become a weight on you and honestly in the big picture of it all, will have no effect.

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As I was in the midst of my frustrations, fighting tooth and nail with myself to remain positive, when I read a blog post by Dale Partridge…
“If you’ve been screwed, release your tension in a healthy way. Talking poorly of others never benefits your situation and it almost always makes it worse. People assume that since you’re willing to share bad information about someone else with them, then you’re willing to share their flaws with others. They don’t feel safe and you’ve successfully pushed even more people away in a time when you need them the most.”  See more at: http://dalepartridge.com/just-got-screwed-now/

Reading that helped to cement my conscious decision that no matter how things rolled out, I was taking the high road (cliché as that may sound). I would choose to always remain professional but more importantly remain positive. I’ve had enough moments in my life were I ended up feeling choked on the resentment and bad thoughts born of others peoples actions. I decided to just let it go, and though it has taken a lot of effort, I feel better; my conscience lighter and more importantly, I have no regrets.
Besides, one thing I believe wholeheartedly is that karma will always level things in the end.

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Sep.15

Walls…

I started the month of September with a strong sense of possibility. On 9/1/2014 I had a vision of the latter half of the year as an open field before me…so much potential…so much to accomplish.

And then by 9/2/2014 the stumbling blocks arrived. It seems fate or the universe had some unforeseen need to test my metal. By the time the second week of the month hit, the stumbling blocks had become brick walls.

  As strong as I strive to be, I am still human. It was and still is more than a bit overwhelming at times. Even as continue working, grinding, hustling… it seems there is a unfailing counter force at work to deter me. But as I write this, the wall firmly at my back, I still take solace in the bright sky above me and warmth of the sun on my face. I can feel my optimism surging.

There will never be a point where there is no obstacle along the path. The walls are part of the journey to get to my greatest self. And because of that I have chosen to not bemoan the path, walls and all, before me. I will take the obstacles as they come and make my way around them. And for the days when the walls seem to become too vast and broad for me to climb, I have packed a sledgehammer to clear the way.

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Sep.01

The Journey

I was recently asked two very distinct questions which, once I answered them, gave me a bit of perspective on myself. The first question asked of me was, “What are you thankful for?”

That’s such a loaded question. The possibilities can be infinite. I could say family, friends, my health, the list could go on and on. But after a moment of thinking of all of these things, I responded that I was thankful for my renewed sense of self.

It has taken me almost 2 years of work to get to my current point in my life, both personally and professionally. However, even with that being said I know I will continue to evolve. What I knew of myself this time last year is not what I know of myself today, and I am grateful to know and accept the difference.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. -Dr. Seuss
The second question asked of me was, “Describe how you came to be the artist you are today.” Or more simply put, “Who are you as an artist?” Again, a question with boundless possibilities for a response. My response was, I am a woman trying to discover herself with my paintings as the medium. I started painting again because I wanted to stop hating my body and my own self-image. It was a means to fall in love with myself. My journey to reach those goals has led me to find a level of work in myself that I didn’t even know I was capable of. But again, my vision and passion as an artist will still continue to grow and evolve with time and experience.

So what is the perspective I gained…it is to not be so worried about the fine lines others may at times ask you to use to define who you are, or what you do. I am many things…mother, wife, artist, writer…none of which can be made to fit a single mold. I can define and re-define what those words mean to me a thousand times over and still not be done. I am a work in progress and my journey has only just begun.

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