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Audio out next week!

Only eight days left until THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is released in audio format.…

Come meet me at the Writers Digest Conference

What do Harlan Coben, Jacquelyn Mitchard and me have in common?  We’ll all be speaking…

School Library Journal adds TSSoE to its “What’s Hot in YA” list

The awesome folks over at School Library Journal have compiled a great list of books…

Winner of the National Indie Book Award

I just found out that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a 2014 winner of…

TSSoE

  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea

Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

The great iris relocation project

My gorgeous iris garden gave beautiful flowers this year.  However, the rhizomes I bought three years ago multiplied and grew, so I knew it was getting to be time to dig them up and divide them to keep them flowering and blooming.  Holy major project, Batman!  I was reminded of the fact that I may…

What comes after Mommy?

Someone sent me a somewhat suggestive text yesterday. Fun. Except… I totally missed it. Like a dumbass, I wrote back asking for clarification, missing the point. The poor person had to send back a winkie face to explain the joke. Less fun. I have gotten so dense and clueless about stuff like that. It occurred…

What comes after Mommy?

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

I first heard The Rainbow Connection when a teacher played it for me in the fourth grade, preparing us to sing it for a school pageant.  It came into my life at a scary time for me.  I had just come over the U.S./Mexico border undocumented a year before.  I had started my first-ever  year…

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

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Immigration

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks…

Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

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