This Nonfiction Book Helped Me Write Scenes from My Novel! Sadly, this BS is still happening …

Please share my KS campaign: Publish “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans”

I’m doing the campaign for the publicity, not the money so I’d really appreciate if you’d share by clicking on the link below.

Thank you so much!

Sherrie Miranda – Author of Secrets & Lies in El Salvador

Publish “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans”

The prequel to my debut novel called “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans; Shelly’s Journey Begins” takes place during the Reagan era.

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:

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:

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español very soon! It is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: 😉

Meet Author Sherri Miranda – An Interview


Between “Secrets and Lies,”

a Conversation with Author Sherri Miranda


Fabricio Correa – What made you choose El Salvador as the background for your novel? What inspired you?

Sherri Miranda: I protested the US support of the civil war for more than ten years. I also was married to a Salvadoran during part of that time & went to ES in ’82. I went with a fact-finding delegation in ’02. By then, I knew I would write the story, but had little time & no idea how it would look.

The facts of the war & knowing my country supported it hurt me deeply. Then learning how loving & generous Salvadorans are brought me to the point that I HAD to write this novel. It wasn’t going away no matter what I did.

FC: You delve into harsh realities of a war-torn third world country. Would you…

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I got back from the La Jolla Writer’s Conference last night. Already getting caught up with politics. I must stop! My current & next book have the messages that need to be told.

I understand people’s frustrations with the election, but we must do whatever it is we do to make a difference in the world. The writers, both published & unpublished, at the writer’s conference seem to get it. One woman said most of us only heard the negative statements that Trump made. This is likely true, but on the other hand, why did he make those negative statements?

My roommate (at the conference) is upset because the people she knew who voted for Trump would not admit it & therefor would not say why they voted for him. They did not want to explain their rational.

Other than that, we stayed away from politics. We have important work to do! We have to get our work out where it can be read or viewed by the public (in the case of screenwriting). That’s the way writers make a difference in the world.

And the authors and writers who presented at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference definitely ARE making a difference! Jonathan Maberry has published 29 books, as well as hundreds of articles. Laura Taylor is an expert at helping other writers get published. Andrew Peterson’s “Nathan McBride” series is allowing readers to understand the complexity of our nation’s involvement in other countries. Peterson also gives books to vets & their families.

There was not a second during that conference that I wasn’t connecting, learning or feeling the importance of getting our work out to a reading audience. Thank you to the Kuritz family for organizing this amazing event AND for making it affordable! You can register for next year’s conference (Oct. 27, 28 & 29) for $295 before Dec. 15th. As of today, the registration for 2017 isn’t up yet, but it should be there any day now. If you don’t live in San Diego & feel the hotel is too pricey, you can always do an AirB&B for Friday & Saturday nights.

IF YOU ARE A WRITER, AUTHOR OR HOPE TO GET THAT BOOK OUT OF YOU ONE DAY, YOU WILL NOT REGRET ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE. IT IS THE BEST INVESTMENT I EVER MADE. In fact, I likely would not have finished & published my debut novel if I hadn’t gone to LJWC. I look forward to meeting you next year!51UX4f00CBL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

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:

Thank you Frank Montesonti for inviting me to the AWP Conference!

I should have gotten this out last week when I got home from the conference, but such is life! As my mom used to say “Better late than never!”

A big shout out to Professor Frank Montesonti for getting us into the conference & paying us for the reading! Frank is the Dept. Chair Of the National University MFA in Creative Writing program which is a NO Residency on-line program. When I finished the program, I was so sad because I learned so much, I didn’t want it to end. Of course, I was also glad to finish my thesis and turn it in!  😉  ❤

Also a shout out to Colin Dickey who is back from his sabbatical in New York. Colin supported my Kickstarter campaign and recommended me to Frank when he was looking for published students to represent NU at the conference. He was my first thesis advisor & his advice was worth a lb. of gold to me!

Because of NU’s MFA program, I am a published author today!51UX4f00CBL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

It was a pleasure to finally meet my professors in person, as well as several students and some other staff from the program. I can’t wait to read Ann MaCanny’s novel when it comes out in the next month or so!

I also went to an amazing session of Central American writers! It gave me hope to see that some of them are trying to find a way to let the world know that war is hell! And that my government needs to stop funding wars, making them drag out for years!

Thanks to everyone for sharing your time & writing with me!




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:

National University MFA Program Reading and Reception at the AWP!

National University MFA Program Reading and Reception at the AWP!

Current NU students, Alumni, Prospective students, and the general public are welcome.

Friday, April 1st, 6:30pm-8pm Diamond Salon 10 in the JW Marriott Hotel.  900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

                                                       Featuring readings by:

ANN Y. K. CHOI was born in Chung-Ju, South Korea, and emigrated with her family to Canada in the 1970s. She holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Program, winning the Marina Nemat Award for top final manuscript. Her first novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, will be published in May 2016 by Simon & Schuster Canada. Ann is currently completing her final year in the MFA Program at National University. A high school teacher, she lives in Toronto with her husband and her daughter.

WESTON OCHSE is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war.

SHERRIE MIRANDA is an author who writes in order to create more peace and understanding in the world. She is a teacher who has taught students from many countries of the world. She is also a life and writing coach and hopes to soon find a way to help seniors and troubled teens write their life stories. She graduated from National University’s MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 and published the novel she turned in as her thesis Secrets & Lies in El Salvador in 2015. Sherrie loves to travel and first traveled to other countries before finally deciding to see some of the U.S., places that foreigners she met had been to, but that she hadn’t. She is happily married to a teacher who identifies himself first, as a musician. They hope to someday travel together to places where she reads her novel(s) and speaks to people about writing and life while Angelo plays his piano and entertains the audience.

SARAH CARSON received her MFA in Creative Writing from National University in 2009. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, the Nashville Review, and the New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks and two full-length collections: Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press) and Buick City (Mayapple Press). Originally from Michigan, she currently lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos.

R.K. JOHNSON is a native Washingtonian and the author of two young adult historical novels, Gilded Girls and Gilded Debutante which explore the lives of elite African-Americans during the Gilded Age. After earning her MFA in Fiction at National University, R.K. went on to work as a technical writer and teach creative writing workshops to children in Washington, D.C. As a child R.K. began journaling and later realized what a huge role it played in self-discovery. It was the author’s passion for reading and writing that led her to follow her childhood dream of becoming an author. She loves sharing her experience with others and works to promote literacy, writing and publishing to girls around the globe. Her hobbies include reading historical fiction by candlelight, visiting local libraries and traveling the world. Visit the author’s website at to learn more about her work.

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:


The Times of My Life Or How I Came to Write This Novel

Originally Posted on March 26, 2015 by The Story Reading Ape

Sherrie Miranda is the name I have now & plan to keep.  😉  ❤

I was born in Northern Pennsylvania and grew up in Upstate New York. I have two brothers and two sisters. (Okay, maybe you don’t want me to go that far back?)

I studied Art and photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The photography studies ended up being important for writing the novel.

From there, I moved to New Orleans for no other reason than some people from Iceland and Norway were looking for someone to drive their “Drive-Away” car. I stayed there for seven years, and was very active in the anti-war movement, esp. protesting the U.S. funded war in El Salvador. I got back in school at the University of New Orleans and was studying Communications and Latin American Studies.

Later, I married the Salvadoran that I had gone to all the CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) meetings and protests with. When he moved to San Diego, I followed him, and worked at San Diego State University for the Latin American Studies dept. I went on to work with the homeless and undocumented at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless shelter and then with teens who had gotten in trouble with the law. Finally, I went back to school to get my teaching credential and began teaching Art, English and even Health. Eventually the Salvadoran and I got divorced and I moved to Los Angeles.

In LA, I continued teaching English and ESL, but also started working on my own spiritual growth. I became the English Learner Coordinator at Venice High School and ended up contacting a man who I had worked with back in San Diego. He proposed and I moved back to San Diego (Chula Vista) and started working on my MFA in Creative Writing with the intention of writing the story of the Salvadoran civil war.

Of course, I didn’t have time to work on the story until it was time to write my thesis. I wrote a draft that spanned fifty years and then had to find a way to tell the story in a way that was not an epic tale. That is when I decided to make my protagonist, Shelly, a photographer so instead of the story being a series of vignettes that had little relation to each other, I ended up having Shelly hear the secrets and lies of the Salvadorans while she photographed them. The majority of these people were part of one family.

This first novel was a long, hard road, not just because it was about a horrendous war, but also because it was very hard for me to make changes. I was happy with each version and it took a lot of research to decide to change the story into something that was easy to follow. I wanted to get it right so I continued to study Story Structure and other aspects of storytelling. Despite hiring two writing coaches who made many suggestions, I couldn’t make any changes that I didn’t absolutely decide that was what I felt in my heart needed to be done.

At every stage of the writing, I was sending out queries and did get a request for a partial, but I sent that partial in more than a year later (I thought I had deleted all dates, but later found a date was left in there.) I had almost hired several editors, but one was ripping people off. Another was charging too much and another got sick of my questions and told me not to contact him again.

Finally I decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the editing. At that time, I didn’t realize that editing was only one of several expenses.

In truth, had I known the journey would be so long and difficult, I probably would have quit so I guess my obsessive optimism was a good thing, in this case.

Another writer who had published seven books took me under his wing. He gave me the name of an excellent Canadian editor whose prices were lower than most editors’ prices. He gave me the name of an Australian woman who did cover design who also did the formatting for me. Both of these people were extremely helpful. They answered my incessant questions, sometimes reminding me that I already had those answers in previous e-mails.

Now that I am finished, I am glad that I independently published the novel. It allowed me to tell the story my way and though I have a lot invested in the book, I will also make the bulk of sales should it take off.

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“Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is a love story between a young American woman and the Salvadoran people. It is a work of love and passion. It wasn’t until I finished it that I realized I have other stories to write, including the prequel to this novel and a couple of sequels.

I continue to live with my Filipino Hippie husband who is a teacher and a piano player and we have a great life together.

I hope that “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be used to teach history through literature in 10th grade high school classes or at the college level. I also hope to help seniors and troubled teens write their story.

There is so much to do and so little time! But I will do my best to make my dreams come true.


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: