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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…

How the milkweed is doing

You may recall that last year I wrote a post about the sharp decline of the monarch butterfly and what home gardeners can do to help stop it.  (Click here to see that piece). What I did was find three swampy milkweed plants and put them in my garden.  This year, they are as tall…

What I was thinking about 20 years ago

I went to my mom’s house yesterday and found her cleaning out her garage.  Although I’ve had my house almost 15 years now, somehow she still had a few of my old boxes of stuff from some move I made.  I brought them home, full of diaries and scrapbooks and pictures.  And the girl and…

What I was thinking about 20 years ago

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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