These authors showered us with juicy behind the scenes bits of their lives as well as the importance of craft, but like a broken record, they came back to the importance of writing, submitting, and publishing. Talent wasn’t enough. We have to submit or Indie-publish, but we have to get it out there. Now!
I still recall their laughter as they locked eyes and bantered like the best of friends, but their call to women writers is what stands out.
I was fortunate that intelligent, sassy, and funny storytellers raised me. From my grandmothers and mother to my aunts and cousins, every single one of them captivated us with tales of our family history and town gossip. Sadly not one of them ever wrote down a word of this and not because they couldn’t.
I plan to make up for Nana Herminia, Nachu, Armidita, Tía Mary, and Tía Toñeta.
I will write and publish our stories.