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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:

OZY Presents: Short News Bites – For when you need it fast!

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With a COVID-19 curfew enforced in my city of Paris, stepping out isn’t much of an option. So I’m breaking in my winter shoes by wandering around our apartment in heels. I’m sure my downstairs neighbors are thrilled. Want to go one better? Try on some of the shoes I introduce today (I wouldn’t dare walk in them), dream of a house on Mars, taste rare black apples and smile at San Francisco’s tongue-in-cheek name for a serious piece of hate crime legislation. But first: Have a listen to OZY’s Hump Day Playlist.  Fiona Zublin, Senior Editor
NEWS IN A MINUTE
1. Playing PoliticsNever mind the sky-high unemployment rate and the pandemic-flattened economy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Donald Trump to put off signing any stimulus bill until after the election, amid concerns that a deal with the Democrats could divide Republicans trying to push through Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court next week. Speaking of money, it turns out the president, who has tried to paint Joe Biden’s family as strongly connected to China, reportedly has a bank account there. Sources: WaPoNYT

2. State of PlagueThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports America has suffered nearly 300,000 more deaths in 2020 than a typical year — though it’s unclear if they were caused by COVID-19 or involved people not getting treatment for other diseases while hospitals were overloaded. Pharma firm AstraZeneca is expected to restart late-stage vaccine trials previously paused to investigate a participant who got sick. But it’s not the only game in town: Brazil, which will use AstraZeneca vaccines once they’re ready, has also agreed to buy 46 million doses of China’s CoronaVac vaccine.Sources: WaPoReutersBBC

3. Judicial ReviewA member of the Breonna Taylor grand jury has now won a court battle to go public with the fact that jurors weren’t given the option to charge the officers who shot her with the killing, contradicting claims made by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Police brutality is also under scrutiny in Lagos, Nigeria, where witnesses say authorities opened fire on protesters demonstrating against such violence. Meanwhile San Francisco has approved the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, aka the CAREN Act, making it a hate crime to target people of color with frivolous 911 calls — and allowing victims of such actions to sue. Sources: WSJCNNGuardian

4. Fine ArtGoldman Sachs has admitted its role in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, meaning the company will likely have to pony up $2 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice on top of already-agreed-upon payments to Malaysian authorities. Source: FT 

“Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.https://www.amzn.com/dp/B08KMHNNDK

Author, Sherrie Miranda’s husband made the trailer for “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.” He wrote the music too. https://youtu.be/S6ouOzddZb8

My 1st review:5.0 out of 5 stars She has lived this storyReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020The author is writing about what she has lived. It is accurate picture of New Orleans in the 1980s, and today in a certain way. Hope she gets the attention of those who want to learn about New Orleans on the ground 

Mental Health: Our Useless Rights

So sad that we can just throw away a huge percentage of our citizens …
“Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.
https://www.amzn.com/dp/B08KMHNNDK
Author, Sherrie Miranda’s husband made the trailer for “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.” He wrote the music too.
https://youtu.be/S6ouOzddZb8

Art by Rob Goldstein

For this post’s purpose, I define a severe mental illness as a chronic medical condition that affects behavior, insight and judgment.

Picture it:

A filthy young man, confused and raging on Market Street, collapses at an intersection and rolls into traffic.

The police arrive.

An officer drags him to the curb and asks him if he has plans to hurt himself or anyone else. The young man shakes his head no.

The officer asks if he knows his way to the local soup kitchen and homeless shelter.

The young man shakes his head, yes.

Because he affirms that he is not an immediate danger to himself or others and claims he knows where to get food and shelter, the officers have no legal basis to mandate treatment.

The police drive off, and the young man rolls back into traffic.

The police cannot stop a sick and confused young man from…

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The Prequel to SLIES “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” is now published & available at Amazon & Barnes&Noble!

“Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.https://www.amzn.com/dp/B08KMHNNDK

It hurts.

Beautiful song & video! Who is this girl?!
And a poem too!
“Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K8MMCMJ?pf_rd_r=9KZWS0SB5PKAJ477HGDT&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

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It Hurts.

Shoe laces taken

All you know, shaken

Not  a  razor  or  knife in sight

Still the pain sears through the night.

Corridors full of  eternal walkers

Going  nowhere, watched  by  stalkers.

Screams  erupt  so do  tussles

Held down by  ‘staff ‘ with muscles.

Nothing  stops  the pain  NOTHING

Smile at family don’t let them see the bluffing.

It hurts, it  hurts  you  needs  to  bleed

A sacrifice to the demon’s seed.

Doors  slam, locks  turn

Fears  grow behind  doors  souls burn

Help me  please help me

Blind eyes don’t see…………

Shoe laces taken

All you know,  shaken

Not  a  razor  or  knife in sight

Still  the pain sears  through  the night.

This is for mental health day

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At a time of division, wise words from Nelson Mandela

Doesn’t get better than Art & great quotes!
“Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K8MMCMJ?pf_rd_r=9KZWS0SB5PKAJ477HGDT&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

My Life as an Artist (2)

“I am fundamentally an optimist.   Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.   Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.     There were many moments when my faith in humanity was surely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.    That way lays defeat and death.”    Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom’

Portuguese woman – 201620-11-15 - 1 (199)As a portrait painter, I have been fortunate enough to work with people of all ages, nationality, faith and gender from around the world.

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What I have learned is that we are intrinsically the same.    We have the same needs, hopes  and fears.

Young girl – Mission Hill School – Boston – 2013

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When we look at life only through the lens of different…

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Photo prompt round-up: Rooted #writephoto

I didn’t know that ROOTS were what I needed
I was told to reconnect with my past
And bless it
When I did I realized
There was a lot more happiness there
Than sadness
Then I started reconnecting with friends
From former lives
Former times
Finally I started writing my novel
And connecting with people
I never planned to see again
Now I’m on my second book
And I pray that some of these people
Will see themselves in it
And contact me
I had no idea how much I missed them

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
Watch for the prequel coming out soon! “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Roots drink deep of earth

Minds open to welcome light

Heart keeps its secrets

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at the great stone circle of Avebury. This stand of trees is well known to those who visit the stones and seems to offer a portal through which dreamers may pass.

I have written much of the circle, but little of the trees… mere youngsters beside the stones that have stood there for thousands of years. This little copse grows on the earthen bank of the henge, standing guard over the eastern entrance to the stones.

Their roots, exposed by weather and the erosion of many feet, form an intricate lacework across the end of the henge…. and always remind me of my great-grandmother’s antimacassars, pritecting what lies beneath.

Click the linksbelow to read more about this incredible ancient site.

The Avenue   Silbury Hill

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Quotations On Ignorance and Its Danger

My mom used to say “Ignorance is bliss.” I guess the implication is that people are happy in their ignorance, but I don’t believe it. Ignorant people get very angry when confronted with the truth.
It is a sorry state to be in.
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
Watch for the prequel coming out soon! “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.

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“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

                                                     Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

                                                                     Thomas Paine

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“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

                                                   Johann Wolfgang von Geothe

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“We must, especially now, be aware of the threat of tyranny and authoritarianism that is riding on the wave of ignorance, bigotry, and fear.”

                                                                    Charles F. French

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Since my newest novel deals with the protagonist witnessing racism, I am sharing this opportunity to hear a discussion on writing about racism.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
6 to 7 PM EST / 3 to 4 PM PST

Recommended Reading senior editor Brandon Taylor talks to Ross Feeler about “Parisian Honeymoon,” a story about a man who discovers that his new wife is a bigot. They will discuss their editing process, and how to write anti-racist stories with racist characters without being morally didactic.

This event is presented by Penguin Random House

Brandon Taylor is the author of the acclaimed novel Real Life, which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and been named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. The senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction.

Ross Feeler’s short stories have appeared in The Common, The Potomac Review, Story|Houston, Hypertext, New South, and others. In 2019, his novel-in-progress won the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar. He reads fiction submissions and occasionally writes for The Masters Review. He lives in Central Texas, where he teaches English at Texas State University.

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

Watch for the prequel coming any time now! “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.

Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Action #Thriller Set In Australia THE HUNTED by Gabriel Bergmoser @gobergmoser @HarperCollinsAU @FaberBooks

Some of my favorite people are Australians. It’s about time I read some of their books!
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
Watch for the prequel coming out soon! “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.

Rosie Amber

The HuntedThe Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser

4 stars

The Hunted is an action thriller set in the Australian outback. Frank runs a service station, which is a lonely life but one that he chose. However, his granddaughter is currently staying with him; they’re strangers and hardly communicate. All this changes on the day a young woman covered in blood collapses on the forecourt.

Maggie met Simon in a small town bar; they were both looking for ‘something’ and agreed to travel onward together, taking the less travelled road. They came across some hunters who invited them back to their small town. Simon’s survival instinct warned him to get away fast, but Maggie was more relaxed and persuaded him to stay just one night in the town.

The chapters alternated and were given simple headings ‘Then and Now’. This allowed the back story to be told and gave the reader hints about…

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♫ Lyin’ Eyes ♫ (Redux)

One of my favorite songs. I am seriously into great lyrics along with great music. These have both.
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
Watch for the prequel coming out soon! “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.

Filosofa's Word

I try not to play songs by the same artists too close together, but it was just last night that I played “Tequila Sunrise” by the Eagles, and here I am back with another Eagles’ song tonight!  Why?  Well, in a comment today, friend Cheryl said that Lyin’ Eyes was her all-time favourite, and … well, you know I aim to please, right?  Besides that, after reading her comment, the song got stuck in my head and has been bouncing around up there ever since.  I did play this on once before, two days after Christmas in 2018.


Lyin’ Eyes is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded in 1975 by the American rock band the Eagles, with Frey singing lead vocals.

According to the Eagles on their DVD Hell Freezes Over, when they were a struggling band in Los Angeles, they saw a lot of…

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