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Border Child | Book Review

Posted on November 8, 2016

For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear when their infant daughter vanished as they crossed from Mexico to the United States—now they must try to get her back. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart. Young lovers Héctor and Lilia dreamed of a brighter future for their family in the United States. Héctor left Mexico first, to secure work and housing, but when Lilia, desperate to be with Héctor, impetuously crossed the border with their infant daughter, Alejandra, mother and child were separated. Alejandra disappeared. Now, four years later, the family has a chance to reunite, but the trauma of the past may well…

Esmeralda’s Story – Chapter 2

Posted on October 24, 2016

Note: The following is only a small, abbreviated version of a larger, more detailed chapter in an upcoming novel of mine. All work is copyrighted. Catch up on Esmeralda’s Story: Read the Prologue here, and Chapter 1 here. Officer García asked Esmeralda to wait in the lobby. She sat quietly until a grieving mother and her child came in and sat across from her. She saw the pain in the woman’s tears, tears shed through a swollen, black eye. Esmeralda didn’t understand. Why was the woman crying? Hadn’t her suffering ended? Rosalinda, four years old, sat quietly, perplexed. She didn’t understand her mother’s grief and didn’t quite yet know her father had been murdered. Her eyes had a tinge of innocence left in them still.…

The struggle is real

Posted on October 4, 2016

When Esmeralda’s story first hit me, I was excited to begin writing it down. Ideas flooded my head, one after the other, pulling me in all directions. What if? Wait maybe she? But first? Wait…how about? NO, I’ve got it! I spent so much time thinking about the story, the characters, and the words of it all that I kept going in circles. I was stumped. I knew where I wanted the story to go, but I didn’t know how to make it happen. It wasn’t until I started thinking about the audience that I had a breakthrough. How do I want the audience to feel? What journey do I want my readers to have? Do I want my readers to love or hate…

On Esmeralda’s Story

Posted on September 30, 2016

  Esmeralda’s story hit me like a ton of bricks one night as I moved into my new apartment in Valley Village, CA. For years and years I have said to friends, family, and anyone who cared to listen that I had dreams and hopes of becoming a writer one day. Over the years, I’ve started different stories and left them as that…half started stories without a middle or an end. Life always just seemed so busy and it never felt like I had enough time to think about what my stories would say. What is my story about? What is the message? Who is the main character, and why is this character on this journey? It wasn’t until recently, when I bought a…