A Letter Explaining the Reason Behind the Choice of Writing “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” as Historically-Based, Rather than Historical Fiction

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Mr. Lamperti,
I very much appreciate your message and am glad that you care so much about El Salvador’s recent history.
When I first began writing “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador,” I wanted it to be historical fiction, but I had t w o very knowledgable people tell me not to write it that way. The first person (who recently passed away with cancer) told me that the story would be better told by moving events around in order to build tension. Karen Aschenbach had written screenplays and lived in Hollywood the last few years of her life. I am well aware that Hollywood doesn’t often tell the complete truth, but I am also hoping that this story will be made into a movie.
The other person who recommended I not call it (or make it) historical fiction is an author of historical fiction herself. She said historical fiction doesn’t sell except to a small group of people who care immensely about history. A few months after she gave me this advice, she pulled her books off the shelf to edit and make changes as some readers had found some errors in the work.
That was a wake-up call for me as I knew I wasn’t being meticulous about the history and especially the time-line.
For these reasons, I call the novel historically-based, rather than historical fiction.
I will make sure my publicist is aware of this so that we do not label this story inaccurately.
My sincere thanks for your compassion toward the Salvadoran cause. My Salvadoran friends and family are very grateful to you and all those who remind the world of this unjust US-funded war.
Sherrie Miranda
sherriemiranda1@aol.com

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Holstee Manifesto, plus an article about Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” – found on Brain Pickings

I wrote to Maria Popova, writer & editor of Brain Pickings. I explained that allowing us to repost her articles would give us great copy to share, as well as expose her work to a wider audience. I hope that she decides to allow this!                                                                              Here’s a great article about Joseph Campbells’ book “The Power of Myth.” He talks about “Finding Your Bliss.” Enjoy!  😉  ❤                                               https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/09/find-your-bliss-joseph-campbell-power-of-myth/.                                                                                                                                                     Holstee’s Manifesto is below:

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

The Happiness Tag

The Happiness Tag..
There are three simple rules and here they are.
List:
5 Things that make you happy.
5 Songs that make you happy.
5 Bloggers that make you happy. Let them know you nominate them and you are done.

Here goes. This is off the top of my head, so I will probably end up coming back & adding something important that I remember.
5 Things that Make Me Happy:
1) My husband. Always no. 1. Don’t have to think about that. Except he might not like being called a “thing.” 😉 ❤
2) My book being published & available to the word. Of course, I still need to get it translated into Spanish, but I will … sometime soon … I hope …
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
3) The video my piano-playing husband made for my book.
Angelo made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

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4) My home. I love my historical home in old CV, but I also love the fact that for the first time in my life, I am part of a “real” community. I know my neighbors, other historical home owners & many of the young people. I had a community when I lived in New Orleans, but we were separate from the powers that be: we were the outcasts: the change makers, feminists & anti-war & protesters. We also protested the police violence there.
So far, here in CV, I haven’t protested anyone publicly! 😉 ❤
5) Last, but not least, is my dad. This man was there for me in good times & bad. He warmed my hands in winter & took me (& all the family) on picnics in summer. My dad believed in me when no one else did & I will always be grateful for that! He celebrated his 86th birthday this past April! 😉 ❤
6) I am adding my mom here. If you look at no. 5 below, you will see why. I love you, Mom, & I remember you everyday! ❤ ❤ ❤
5 Songs that Make Me Happy
1) Imagine, by John Lennon
2) All Simon & Garfunkel songs, esp. Sounds of Silence.
3) All of the rest of Paul Simon’s songs, including “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes.”
4) All the Beatles’ songs – Here’s one list of the top 50 Beatles’ songs: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/08/50-best-beatles-songs.html?a=1
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is a favorite of mine, but the only video I could find that really was the Beatles is blocked in the US, but if you’re not in the US, it’s No. 18 on the list above.
5) “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” – an anti-war song that my mother introduced to me when I was just a kid. I am only now realizing how much my mother influenced me, how much I learned about injustice, about compassion & love from my mother.
5 Bloggers that make me happy:
1) Art by Rob Goldstein – Rob is an amazing artist & I also feel that socially & politically, we are kindred spirits, both wanting more love & justice in the world. I just found this gorgeous art of his & a beautiful poem. This link will take you to any blogpost:
A Quick Note to God
He’s also like me in that he reblogs a lot of other people’s posts. 😉 ❤
2) I don’t get over to Kendall F. Person’s blog enough (I need to make sure I am still following him), but here is a beautiful post about an event starting on Monday:
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3) Chris, the Story Reading Ape is one of my all-time favorite blogs. Chris supports authors & posts helpful writing advice. Here’s one: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/06/23/classification-of-book-lovers-infographic/
4) Here’s a poem dedicated to Elfkat, whose blog, Adventures and Musings of an Archduidess can keep you so busy, you might have to be reminded you have a live to live:
https://elfkat.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/a-prayer-for-the-grieving/
5) DRay has so much to share on his blog Dream Big & Dream Often that I should get over there more OFTEN!
6 Mindsets People Have That Will Always Lead to Underachieving
Tag, you’re it!
Peace, love & happiness for all,
Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Sunday Smiles

I love a good laugh! 😉 ❤
Peace, love & laughter,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

To Breathe is to Write

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Sending Light and Love

Kindness = Love. ;-). ❤
Peace,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

To Breathe is to Write

Earlier today I was wracking my brain to try to figure out what to post. Then I got a call to arms from my favorite dinosaur...Rara. She wanted us to spread some kindness today, so here I am, trying to spread a little love and light.

Help yourself to all you need. There is a never-ending supply……

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In these dark and troubled times it’s easy to forget how to be kind. Don’t. Don’t ever forget. We need kindness now more than ever. Hate is not the way to go. We get what we put out there. I firmly believe that. So I choose to give out light and love….to each and every one of you and beyond.

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Temperature variations since 20000BCE, by xkcd

Thanks so much for this post! It is a good example of what’s been happening! 😉 ❤
Of course, George Carlin says the earth will be fine. "It will just shake us off like we're some pesky fleas!" ;-). ❤
Peace, love & a happy earth to future generations,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

The Prime Directive

From xkcd.

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HAPPY pictures…

Beautiful & cool “HAPPY pictures.” Thanks, Chris! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & happiness to all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

There’s so much bad stuff going on in our world today, we need to periodically stop, take a deep breath & consider what’s truly important & then SMILE!!!

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Memes, Memes, More Memes

I love these! Even tho I’m not a mom! Thanks for sharing so I could share!
Peace, love & laughs for all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

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Memes, memes, more memes.

slob, humor, memeDid you read this in Steve Urkel’s voice??   I did!

slob, humor, reading memeRight???

slob, humor, Christmas memeLOL

slob, humor, job memeAh yes, best catch-22 in history!

slob, humor, book memeMwahahaha!!      Never too many books!!

slob, humor, laundry memeI’m about to bust a gut laughing!!

slob, humor, cow memeVery punny!

slob, humor, twin memeHahahaha!

slob, humor, money memeOuch!

                                                                                                                  He’s gotcha there, Dad!

slob, humor, mom memeBwahahahaha!

No themes, just memes, memes, more memes.        Enjoy your Monday, and your week!

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Yes!

I believe we ALL need to express our creative side, whether it’s dancing, singing, making art or writing! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & art for all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Positive Quote 20.03

Royce got it right! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & creativity for all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

Take the best that exists and make it better. Where it doesn’t exist create it.

Henry Royce (1863-1933)

Have a blessed day all. ❤

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No kidding 

Nope, I didn’t see it coming either! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & Impeachment for haters,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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