Hello out there! My name is Diana J Noble and this is my very first blog post. I am thrilled to get this underway! There are a few reasons behind the launch of my blog.
First, I was privileged to grow up in a Mexican-American family. The culture in which I was immersed was rich with tradition, dedication to family and friends, incredible food, beautiful music, and what I might describe as “values-based living”. In today’s world, some people’s ideas of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans aren’t always positive. In fact, some of the negative stereotypes overshadow the beauty of the people and their way of life. I’d like to share some memories that will help you and others understand it…and feel it.
Second, a few years ago I embarked on one of the most challenging and enjoyable journeys of my life. I started writing a book! The intended audience is young adults (approximately 12-16 years old), however, my hope is that when it’s published adults will enjoy it, too. The story is based loosely on my paternal grandmother’s life but is full of my own childhood memories and stories I’ve heard from family members over the years.
My grandmother was born on April 19, 1899, in Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico and baptized as Maria Adelfa Josefina Garcia. Her father was the mayor (Presidente Municipal) of their small town. They were ranchers with thousands of cattle and a great deal of acreage. The Mexican Revolution erupted in 1910 and in 1912 she and her family fled Mexico to escape the chaos, instability and dangers of the time. They settled in south Texas where my grandmother (whom I called Abuelita) eventually met and married my grandfather, Joseph Crosby Jacobs, the son of a Lebanese father and English mother.
That snippet of my Abuelita’s life story is the basis for my whole book. Given I don’t have a lot of detail about that time in her life, I’ve taken enormous creative liberties and crafted an entire story. Thus, my book is a young adult historical fiction, not a biographical account of her life.
By writing it as a fiction I’ve been able to mine the depths of my creative mind (I wasn’t sure I even had a creative mind before this) and build a storyline I hope will immerse people in Mexican-American life, the historical aspects of the Mexican Revolution and the hardships many Mexicans faced when they arrived in the United States.
My protagonist’s name is Evangelina, rather than Adelfa. Evangelina is my maternal grandmother’s name so in some ways this book honors both of them. Strong, brave, loving, hardworking Mexican women who overcame hardship to raise tight-knit loving families who’ve gone on to contribute immeasurably to their own loved ones and communities.
Oh, and both of them were outstanding cooks! Look for Mexican food recipes from the heart in future posts.
I will keep you up to date as my book progresses. It’s about 2/3 done, but there’s so much more to do! A huge thank you to my amazing mother and father, Belinda and Arturo Jacobs who’ve provided immeasurable support and guidance through the writing process.
Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you!