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

A Mourner Remembers Archbishop Romero

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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:

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Head wound

UN-EFFIN-BELIEVABLE! These comments coming from the same people who wanted Clinton Impeached for having a consenting relationship with an adult!

Ends and Beginnings

“Our side, we go for the head wound. Your side, you have pillow fights.” – Steve Bannon

This evening I will begin a six-month long Christian based program with a curriculum that will explore and study how we take care of the poor, each other, and our planet. Now I am committed to taking care of the poor through my work with the homeless. I am also committed to taking care of our planet but I realize there is much more that I can do. What I need to work on, or what I need to figure out and understand is how do I, we, take care of each other in this world of Trump.

The quote from Steve Bannon is from a conversation he had with filmmaker Michael Moore. Bannon was describing the difference between Trumps base and liberals. It was, as Bannon describes, how Trump won the election. Read…

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Chomsky on Trump

Truth is there if you want to see it.
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:

The Prime Directive

There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.

At one level, Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how. Who even remembers the charge that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, depriving the pathetic little man of his Grand Victory? Or the accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? The claims themselves don’t really matter. It’s enough that attention is diverted from what is happening in the background. There, out of the spotlight, the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency: the Constituency of private power and wealth, “the masters of mankind,” to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase.

These policies will harm the irrelevant general population and devastate future generations, but that’s…

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A Different Kind of Bio for My Intro to the Women at A Group Home – WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

A resume tells how one made their money, maybe their career, but there’s always so much more behind the scene events and experiences that show HOW we made it to where we are.
Sherrie Miranda was born Sherrie Thomas to parents brought up by their grandparents in hunting and fishing territory in Pennsylvania.
After the family moved to Upstate New York, Sherrie never quite fit in because of that disconnect of the “old ways” and the new. By high school, she decided fitting in wasn’t the way she wanted to go and she would from then on consider herself an outsider. 
She made the mistake of marrying at the age of eighteen. She wanted to get away from her mom and didn’t see how else she could swing it financially.
After her divorce, she went to college. She flunked out of Art, then Photography, then she moved to New Orleans on a whim. She then studied Art again, but was trying to be more practical, so she switched to Nursing. After 4 years of school, she got accepted into a non-degree nursing program. There was no way in hell she did all that work to come out without a degree so she switched majors again, this time to Drama & Communications. She loved it, but at that time, the business was switching to using computers. Besides, Sherrie was never a “9-5er” so why start now?
She moved to San Diego with a Salvadoran she mistakenly married. He hid his true identity and she suddenly realized she had once again become a wife to a man that cared nothing about what she wanted. By that time though, she had become fluent in Spanish and was a teacher so finally she was dependent on only herself.
After teaching for 10 years in LA, Sherrie moved back to San Diego to marry a man who had fallen in love with her at her teaching job there. He is also a musician and was a huge influence on her getting her novel written and published.
Say hello to Sherrie Miranda!

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:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Critiquing Another Author Takes Time & Empathy But is often worth the effort!

Michael wrote back & said he was not offended & explained some of his reasons behind his choices. A critique can help the critiqued, but can also help the writer of the critique & anyone else who reads it.                                                                                                          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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc

Michael,                                                                                                                                                               The idea for this story is fascinating, but you have a style of storytelling that may put most agents and publishers off.
I must be honest & say I have never read anything like this. I was very confused about the time and place. First I thought it was the 1800s, then early 1900s, then I saw Pope Francis mentioned and realized it was the present day.                                                                                                          
The language reminded me of Science Fiction which I personally am not a fan of (though my husband loves it).                                                                                                                                            Are you fluent in another language? Because there were things that I have never seen done before in writing. You often leave out “the,” “her,” “to” and “a.” Is this a stylistic choice?           Have you had any study in the “Tell vs. Show” that is so commonly taught in today’s literature/writing courses? “Indescribably excited” would be much better shown than told. For example, you might SHOW them jumping up & down, as well as other physical ways to show how the girls feel.                                                                                                                                              I was confused by the phrase “physically divided age group.” “Peer group” is a much more common phrase used in modern day English.                                                                                            I also found the phrase “following application of own embrace.” Did you simply mean “Hugged”? The simpler the language, the better IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUBLISHER. The women from the literature discussed were totally unknown to me. But I must be honest: despite my 62 years, I am a totally contemporary woman.                                                                       I seriously suggest finding a critique group. If you can’t find one near you, find one online. As writers, we need feedback from several people. Then we can consider what they say and decide if we will heed any of their advice. Or decide “screw them,” I’m going to continue doing this my way.                                                                                                                                                                    How many drafts have you written? Joyce Carol Oates, the most prolific contemporary American writer, says she writes seven drafts. Something to consider.                                                 I wish I could be of more help to you, but I read and write in a very straightforward and modern style. I don’t think I can do you justice critiquing your work.

P.S. I hope I have not upset you or made you feel defeated. That is not my intention, but I felt
anything other than honesty would be a disservice to you.

Remember, Don’t Forget

I thought I had already reblogged this!

AnaElisa

IMG_3275The American flag drapes Los Angeles City Hall in commemoration of the 2001-9/11 terrorist attack. The flag is reflected in the windows of the Los Angeles Police Department, on September 11th, 2018.

Today, remembering the fallen and their lives given to protect others.

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Ask Puerto Rico

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Trump I don't care“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!” – Trump tweet 9-12-18

“Well, I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was, actually, our toughest one of all because it’s an island, so you just — you can’t truck things onto it. Everything is by boat. We moved a hospital into Puerto Rico — a tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship. You know that.

And I actually think — and the Governor has been very nice. And if you ask the Governor, he’ll tell you what a great job. I think probably the hardest one we had, by far, was Puerto Rico because of the…

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How far we have fallen

Sadly, very, very far …
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:

Ends and Beginnings

Trump 9-11 Trump arriving at a somber September 11 Memorial Service remembrance of innocent lives lost

I received an email alert from my AOL news feed around 8:55 am on September 11, 2001, a plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). In my conference room I had a small television that I turned on to the Today Show. Watching Matt Lauer and Katie Couric cover what appeared, at the time, to be just a horrible accident I prepared for an appointment I had at 10 am on the conference room table. As the camera focused on the burning North Tower I watched, in real-time, the second plane strike the South Tower of the WTC at 9:03 am.

Seeing that image of the second plane I remember my exact thought at the time, I need to go pick-up my children from school. I called my wife and she told me…

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What if?

What if God was one of us?
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:

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

What if the Jesus they wait for is barefoot with wide brown eyes?
What if the Jesus they wait for is sitting with a bowed tired head on an underspass of the freeway?
What if the Jesus they wait for is in rags after a hurricane in a tropical island?
What if the Jesus they wait for lives in the southwest on a butte in a reservation?
What if the Jesus they wait for wears a rainbow flag in a parade?
What if the Jesus they wait for is a child with disabilities who still manages to care about others?
What if the Jesus they wait for is here in plain sight?
What if the Jesus they wait for is a Pagan, or a Buddhist,or a Jew?
What if?

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