Newscaster on Menbe’s Story: “It’s Like a Movie”

Congratulations to Menbe for winning a Jefferson Award. It’s all about paying it forward.  Making a difference one meal at a time. Bon appetit! Look for I AM MENBE coming to your local bookstore soon.


Resembling little angels in our virginal mantillas like halos over Shirley Temple curls, my fair-haired BFF Cindy and I paced in the foyer of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in our spotless white dresses. “It’s time. Are you scared?” I whispered to Cindy, her blue eyes wide. Then I let go of her hand. IContinue reading “SAINT RUTHIE”

Apathetic in LaLa Land

I’m procrastinating again, (writing nonfiction is a tough gig) and leave my writing to peruse my Facebook where last month, there were nothing but posts about abuse, domestic violence and Ray Rice. I had nothing to post — not that I didn’t have something to say about growing up with blackened eyes — except toContinue reading “Apathetic in LaLa Land”

What Came First, The Book or The Book Proposal?

In my case, I needed to lay down the tracks; get the story or at least a first draft written. Fortunately, I noticed a weekend course being offered at UCLA on How to Write & Sell a Nonfiction Book Proposal, by Agent Betsy Amster and Leigh Ann Hirschman. I suppose there is no right orContinue reading “What Came First, The Book or The Book Proposal?”

On Ghostwriting

How does one write a ghost story about a ghost? Something without a skeleton or sinew or skin. In other words, if you’re writing about a person who doesn’t have a past, has forgotten it or doesn’t want to remember (anything other than the wonderful smell of berbere sauce and buhe bread), then you areContinue reading “On Ghostwriting”