Happy New Year to you and yours!
It’s been one heck of a year for this rookie author. Evangelina Takes Flight was published May 31. Ever since, it’s been a whirlwind of learning, excitement, new friends, family connections and hope for what’s to come.
In addition to the book launch events in Mill Creek, WA, Laredo, TX and Houston, TX, I attended 2 book festivals where I met fellow authors Sarah Rafael García, Francisco Stork, Guadalupe McCall, David Bowles, Tillie Walden, Natalia Sylvester, Alexandra Díaz, Olga Campos Benz and Cory Putman Oakes, among others.
I also met some wonderful youth readers of Evangelina Takes Flight – the ultimate inspiration and reminder of why I started this journey over 7 years ago.
Also in 2017, I started shopping around for an agent for my women’s fiction, Call Girl. Here’s a brief description:
Motherhood and work/life imbalance hit Julia Navarro-Nilsson like a smack upside the head with a fully loaded diaper bag.
Frazzled, depressed and short on money, she returns to work as a call center manager at the daily newspaper expecting a well-deserved promotion and better pay. Instead, she finds herself juggling mommy-guilt, daycare drop-off and pick-up, an electric breast pump machine the size of Rhode Island, angry customers, oddball employees and an incompetent, skirt-chasing boss.
After being denied the promotion under suspicious circumstances, she unwittingly uncovers pieces of a salacious corporate scandal that could, if exposed, ruin her career or take it to new heights.
I thought finding an agent for this book would be smoother and quicker than with my first book, but here I am, still working it! As I said in a previous post, authorship is not for the impatient, easily offended or quick to quit.
Call Girl tackles serious subjects with wit and honesty. I’m confident it’s only a matter of time before I find the right representation.
In the meantime, I’ve written a picture book for young readers, tentatively titled, The Music in My Heart. It’s being reviewed by my publisher now. The concept? A young girl in the mid-1970s refuses to listen to those who say a girl can’t become a mariachi.
I LOVE traditional Mexican music, and this story is so up my alley! It truly does reflect the music in my heart. Fingers crossed it’ll come to be in 2018.
In gratitude to those who’ve supported me this year,