Excited to announce I received 3rd place in the Kops-Fetherling International Book Award for Mystery/Suspense


Crimes and Impunity in New Orleans by Sherrie Miranda

“Crimes and Impunity in New Orleans”” is author Sherrie Miranda’s prequel to her page-turner, debut thriller, “”Secrets and Lies in El Salvador””. Shelly Dalton Smith is a naïve, twenty-three-year-old from Upstate New York who moves to New Orleans to prepare for a photo project in war-torn El Salvador. Shelly arrives in New Orleans, broken and traumatized and therefore unable to trust her own instincts. New Orleans represents the fresh start Shelly needs, but she soon finds that almost everyone in New Orleans harbors a secret. 
She’s unprepared for life in “The Big Easy,” and her world is turned upside down as she navigates “the city that care forgot.” With fast-paced chapters and beautifully detailed conversations and descriptions, we see New Orleans through Shelly’s innocent eyes as she realizes the sheltered life she had lived was a lie. She experiences sexism and witnesses racism, police brutality, FBI visits, death threats, and two people’s captivity by her former boss. 
Through her misadventures and exciting plot twists, Shelly focuses on fighting injustice, ultimately finding her authentic voice as an empowered adult. When she finally leaves New Orleans, she is forever changed. The novel is a wild ride through the underbelly of 1980s New Orleans and is filled with quirky characters, sinister abusers, and thrilling secrets and revelations.”

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Sherrie Miranda’s “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.
Author, Sherrie Miranda’s husband made the trailer for “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.” He wrote the music too. 
Review: Shelly’s journey in “the city that care forgot.”
Sherrie Miranda’s new novel “Crimes and Impunity in New Orleans” puts the reader into a whirlwind of political protests, abusive police, sexist attitudes towards women, and “good old boys” racism in 1980’s New Orleans. Miranda’s second novel follows Shelly, the young northerner, as she quickly finds out that she “isn’t in Kansas anymore” while encountering a slew of picturesque, colorful characters. Reading her book makes you wonder if justice and respect for blacks, immigrants, and women can be reality in America.

‘The Hypocrisy of War’ – dedicated to All Veteran Soldiers

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4 Ways Writing Improves Your Relationship With Yourself by K.M. Weiland

I wanted to share something for writers & more importantly, for those who need a gentle push to start writing. This is perfect.    ❤ Sherrie

APRIL 20, 2020 by

4 Ways Writing Improves Your Relationship With Yourself

Writing—especially the writing of stories—is ultimately a relationship with oneself. It is true that we write to communicate with others. Perhaps that is even the foremost conscious motivation sometimes. But communication itself necessitates a relationship, and what we are trying to communicate is ourselves—that unfolding inner dialogue between the Self and the self, the observer and the observed, the unconscious and the conscious, the Muse and the Recorder.

You must have a relationship with your stories before your readers can, and really this is a relationship with yourself. In recognizing this, writing becomes both an investigative tool for getting to know yourself better and a vast playground for exploration and experimentation on a deeply personal level. Depth psychologist Jean Shinoda Bolen points out:

Creative work comes out of an intense and passionate involvement—almost as if with a lover, as one (the artist) interacts with the “other” to bring something new into being. This “other” may be a painting, a dance form, a musical composition, a sculpture, a poem or a manuscript, a new theory or invention, that for a time is all-absorbing and fascinating.

Particularly in this ongoing period of quarantine and isolation, it can be a tremendously rewarding process to use writing to improve your relationship with yourself. Whether you live alone right now or in a crowded house, the one person you cannot escape, the one person who will always be there for you, is you.

Too often, I think we underestimate this person and our relationship with him or her. We’d rather distract ourselves or hang with someone else because limiting beliefs lead us to think this most intimate of all relationships is too flawed, too painful, too shallow. Isn’t this why writing sometimes scares us so badly we can barely sit at the computer? It is also, I believe, why most of us come to the page in the first place: this person within has something to say and so long as this communication comes out in the form of fun and colorful stories, we are willing to sit still and listen in ways we are rarely willing to offer during the rest of life.

The more we learn to listen to the self that appears on the page, the more we will become conscious of the things we are truly desiring to communicate—both to ourselves and eventually to readers. Writing becomes not just distraction, entertainment, or vocation—it becomes an ever-deepening relationship with life itself.

4 Ways Writing Improves Your Relationship With Yourself

Today, I want to talk about several ways in which our writing reveals itself as a relationship with ourselves—and how we can embrace and deepen our approaches to this magnificent form of self-exploration and self-expression.

1. Dreams, the Shadow, and the Unconscious

How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.–Gaston Bachelard

From Where You Dream Robert Olen Butler

I don’t know about you, but my actual night dreams are all but useless as story material. They’re an evocative smear of rehashed memories and crazy symbolism. My dream journal, although sometimes revealing, is usually more amusing than anything. More easily interpreted are the revelations I discover in my stories. Even more than my actual writing, my ability to consciously enter what I (and Robert Olen Butler) call the “dreamzone” is a mainline to my unconscious.

Your stories are “out loud” dreams. Even though you may exercise nominal control over their subject and direction, the best of them are effortless blasts of imagery and feeling straight up from your depths. Once your body of work is large enough for you to start recognizing patterns and cross-referencing them with the happenings of your own life, you will be able to mine your stories for some of your inner self’s deepest treasures.

It surprises me that more depth psychologists don’t reference and analyze stories in the same way they do dreams. Although I have always known my stories must offer an unwitting commentary about myself, it wasn’t until the last few years that I began to be able to recognize some unintended, occasionally even prescient, parallels between the things I was writing at a given time and the things that were either happening or about to happen in my own life.

More than that, your stories, your characters, and the scenarios and themes you write about are often revelations of the hidden parts of you—your shadow self, or the aspects of your personality you have not yet made conscious. Hidden emotions, desires, and even memories can surface in our writing, there for us to recognize if only we look. Some of our discoveries will be glorious and magical; others will be difficult and painful. But all are instructive.

2. Personal Archetypes and Symbols

Archetypal stories and characters—those that offer universal symbolism—resonate with people everywhere. Whenever you hear of a particularly popular story, you can be pretty sure the reason for its prevalent and enduring success is its archetypal underpinnings. This is a vastly useful bit of information if you want to write a successful story of your own. But it is also useful because an understanding of archetypes and symbolism can offer you a guide to translating you own inner hieroglyphs.

Consider your characters. What types of characters consistently appear in your stories? These are likely archetypes that are deeply personal to, representative of, and perhaps even transformative for you. Just as in dream analysis, it is useful to remember that every character is you. The wounded warrior, the damsel in distress, the sadistic villain—each represents a facet of yourpsychological landscape.

I’ve long thought we all have just one story to tell which we go on telling over and over in different ways. I’ve also heard it said that all authors have roughly a dozen actors in their playhouse—and we just keep recasting them in new stories. There’s truth to this. Certainly, I can recognize decided archetypes that perennially fascinate me however I try to dress them up in unique costumes from story to story.

As these patterns emerge over time, I get better at recognizing what they represent. Sometimes I am almost embarrassed to realize how much of myself I have bled onto the pages of my novels—secrets so intimate even Ididn’t know them at the time I wrote them. Chuck Palahniuk observes aptly:

The act of writing is a way of tricking yourself into revealing something that you would never consciously put into the world. Sometimes I’m shocked by the deeply personal things I’ve put into books without realizing it.

Learning to speak the language of archetype and symbol can grant you tremendously exciting perception into your inner self. Stories that you loved when you wrote them, that meant one precious thing to you at the time of creation, can come to offer all new treasures even years after your first interactions with them.

3. Emotional and Hypothetical Exploration

Writing is also, always and ever, a conscious dialogue with ourselves. We put something onto the page; the page—that is to say, ourselves—responds. And the conversation takes off! Jean Shinoda Bolen again:

The “relationship” dialogue is then between the person and the work, from which something new emerges. For example, observe the process when a painter is engaged with paint and canvas. An absorbed interchange occurs: the artist reacts or is receptive to the creative accidents of paint and brush; she initiates actively with bold stroke, nuance, and color; and then, seeing what happens, she responds. It is an interaction; spontaneity combines with skill. It is an interplay between artist and canvas, and as a result something is created that never before existed.

Although we may not be fully conscious of everything we’re saying about ourselves when we first put a story to words, we almost always begin with some conscious intent. We are writing to experience something—perhaps something we’ve already experienced and want to recreate or relive, or perhaps something hypothetical that we wish to experiment with in a simulated way.

Even outrageous story events, such as fantasy battles or melodramatic love scenes, which we know are impossible or unlikely in reality, can still offer us the ability to symbolically create and process our own emotions. When we are angry, we often write scenes of passionate intensity. When we are stressed, we sometimes write horrifying but cathartic scenes or perhaps loving and comforting scenes.

Sometimes emotion pours out in ways that shock us, and when it does we have the opportunity to follow up and seek the root of something true and honest within ourselves that we perhaps have not fully acknowledged.

It is as if we say to the page: “Joy.” And a scene comes pouring out of us and shows a vivid dreamscape of what joy means to us. Or perhaps we simply wish to present a functional scene in which characters act out gratitude, trauma, love, or grief—and what we discover is our own sometimes stunning emotional response. We speak—and the page speaks back.

4. Logical and Creative Dialogues

I’ve always liked the idea of a dialogue between the left or logical brain and the right or creative brain. Both logic and creativity are wonderful in their unique ways, and both are intrinsic to a full realization of each other.

Of first importance is making sure neither the logical self nor the creative self is overpowering the other. Too often, the creative self is beaten down and starved by a dominant and cruel logic that criticizes every word creativity puts on the page. But creativity can also run wild, like an unruly child with no regard for the advice of its logical parent.

In order to appreciate and cultivate a relationship with both these aspects, we must make sure they respect each other enough to carry on a balanced back-and-forth conversation. This can happen moment by moment when we’re in the throes of writing—our creative minds manifesting ideas and our logical minds putting those ideas to words. But it can also be looked at as a larger dialogue in which different parts of the writing process become the domain of one half of the brain or the other.

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

I consider the early conception stages—those of imagining, daydreaming, and dreamzoning—to be deeply creative, with very little logical input. Then comes the more conscious brainstorming of outlining, in which I sculpt my dreams and logically work through plot problems. This is followed by writing itself, in which creativity is again brought front and center as I dream my ideas to life on the page. And finally, logic returns to trim the ragged edges during editing.

Understanding how we interact with these two vital halves of personality gives us an edge in honing all parts of our writing. Likewise, in honing our writing, we are given the opportunity to shape these two opposing aspects of ourselves. Very often, one or the other is undervalued or underdeveloped. In learning to respect and appreciate both—and to give both room to properly do their jobs, while maintaining communication with one another—we can refine their presence in our larger lives.


In so many ways, writing is the study of the soul. Stories allow us to study the collective soul of humanity. But ourstories particularly allow us to study our own souls, to suss out their treasures, relieve their wounds, celebrate their uniqueness, and share their common features.

Wordplayers, tell me your opinions! How do you think your writing improves your relationship with yourself? Tell me in the comments!

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” 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Comments made between a woman & me somehow related to this article: Trump Just Made The 4th Of July All About Himself; Releases DISTURBING Video

Here is a post that tells what Reagan did for the undocumented:
A Reagan Legacy: Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
Joan LeMonte Hey, you’re book sounds awesome. Did you hear about the illegal immigrant criminal who got picked up by ICE in San Francisco? He was from El Salvador. He sued the Sanctuary city and is being awarded $190,000. That’s what’s happening in America. Taxpayers are being forced to pay for these people and that is against the law.


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Some lawyer put him up to that! Don’t blame ALL the undocumented fleeing war & poverty & murder! We helped create those environments in their countries! Don’t believe me? Read my book!
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte I’m not blaming him or any other illegal immigrant. He saw his opportunity and he grabbed it. Now he and his lawyer have set a precedent for every illegal immigrant who commits crimes to get the same amount of money or more from Sanctuary cities. And who pays for this? Taxpayers. I know Americans who can’t even afford to eat or buy diapers, let alone pay their rent. I would like to read your book, though.


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Being in this country without documents DOES NOT MAKE you a criminal! If it did, there would be thousands of Americans in MEXICAN JAILS! Blame Big Agriculture! They told the govt. 60-some years ago, they wanted to control their workers themselves! They did NOT want a visiting workers program like Canada has because they wanted to pay them low wages & blacklist anyone who talks about unionizing!


Sherrie Miranda


Sherrie Miranda


Joan LeMonte Joan LeMonte No, I’m talking about those who commit crimes here. And BTW crossing our borders illegally is a crime. But I’m talking about those who came and are committing crimes here, like murder, human trafficking, Dui’s, stealing cars, drug trafficking and injuring Americans with drunk driving, etc.
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte Sanctuary cities cost taxpayers millions. So now if ICE picks up criminals, we pay for it just to award them $190,000! That’s just wrong. And it needs to stop. I just hope the Senate passes Kate’s law and the law against Sanctuary cities because Gov. Brown is about to make us a Sanctuary state. This is my home, my friends and families home. We can barely pay for ourselves. If you look up the statistics and facts, you will be in shock. We are forced to aid and abett illegal immigrants, which is against the law. I don’t care where they came from. It’s still against the law.
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda HUMAN TRAFFICKING is being done by OUR billionaires! How do you think these guys get so rich?! Runnin a Mom & Pop store?! The undocumented ARE NOT THE PROBLEM! If you love Trump, just say it! Don’t blame the poor for our problems. That’s what Hitler did! Look where it got him!


Sherrie Miranda


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Joan LeMonte Those are FAKE STATISTICS, likely from Judicial Watch, a group getting $$ to spread lies! I know these people! They are good, hard working people! The criminals stay in Mexico where their govt. protects them!


Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte Sherrie Miranda I’m not blaming the poor. We are the poor. Trump has nothing to do with that. He just came on board. Human trafficking is done by alot of people, not just billionaires. I can blame BA but their not the ones coming across our borders by the droves. At least that has slowed down. Most likely because everyone is already here. I blame the criminals. Why should they not have to pay the price like Americans do? It’s disgusting.


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda I feel sad that you are afraid of walking around your city. My city is 10 min. from the border & one of the safest in the country. We know each other & respect each other!


Sherrie Miranda


Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte Well, that’s good! I’m not afraid. Why do people always go to fear? We are sick and tired of paying for it, that’s all.
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Churches only give Sanctuary to families that will be killed if they go back. They are union leaders, teachers, nurses, even drs. Though they don’t get to do those jobs here. They come here & work for a pittance!


Sherrie Miranda
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte We are talking about two different things. And to be honest with you, we will disagree when it comes to criminals and how much they should be awarded by taxpayers.
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte OMG! How do you know if I’m poor or not? Let’s face it, they also get welfare benefits and EBT cards. And they work for cash. I hope you do know that much. People in Ca. are tired of paying for it all. That’s not a sin. You’ve heard about little 6 yr. old Lennox? How about Jamal and Josh and the beautiful woman here who was killed by an illegal immigrant. He had already hit one car, then continued to hit her. Her 18yr. old son had to watch her die. She was engaged to be married. She and her fiance voted for Trump, thinking it would never happen to them. And then it did. These are the people I’m talking about. Not people who are living in churches.
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda No, it’s NOT two different things. You don’t want to admit that you just don’t like these people. You call them criminals because they’re undocumented. I say that’s not criminal. You call them murderers & commit other crimes & I say that’s not true. Criminals should not be awarded money & they obviously weren’t. That doesn’t happen in our criminal justice system.


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda They do NOT get WELFARE! They are undocumented! They stay away from the government for fear of being arrested. You don’t understand. I’ve known these people for more than 25 years. Their biggest crime is working hard INSTEAD of Working smart.


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda You are scapegoating just like Hitler & the Nazis did! Do you really think they are the problem?! The problem is OUR GOVERNMENT takes our money & gives it to the RICH!


Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte Okay, I just posted it to your timeline. It’s true all the way from San Francisco. We are talking about 2 different things. I’m talking about people who commit crimes here, not hard working people. And yes, in Ca. they get welfare. $640 Million alone in Los Angeles.
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte Hitler and the Nazis? Oh boy, that’s a low blow. However, I was born in Germany. My mom, dad and brother were in the army.
Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte I’m gonna sign off for now. Maybe we can talk later. Gotta call my niece.
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda BUT YOU ARE CONFUSING TEO TOTALLY DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE! ONE undocumented guy commits vehicular homicide (probably not even that – he likely didn’t do it one purpose). So now you say ALL undocumented are criminals!


Joan LeMonte
Joan LeMonte OMG! I didn’t say they were all criminals. You keep saying it.
Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Wow, you can’t see the forest for the trees, lady. Did Hitler killing Jews solve the problem? No, because the everyday working person is NOT the problem. But you go ahead & blame them & see if getting rid go them solves the problem!


Sherrie Miranda
Sherrie Miranda Joan LeMonte No, you say it & then try to say you’re NOT saying it!
My Final Comment: I have trouble believing an editor, Bookdoctor, Writer is poor. You would go out & find a better paying job if you were.

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. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

I don’t usually post links but there is so much cool stuff here, I had to share it! It’s about Children’s books & the art in them. I have never seen so much beautiful art in one place! And yes, I have been to many, many museums in my lifetime! ENJOY!


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:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc
San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5*s:
An article about Sherrie Miranda and her debut novel:
An article about the writer’s group Sherrie Miranda started:
http://southbaycompass.com/the-scribes-south-bay-writers-have-their-own-group/         Here’s a great interview by Fabricio Correa:
Meet Author Sherri Miranda
An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog:
The San Diego Public Library’s 50th Annual Local Authors Exhibit featured Sherrie’s novel:
GoodReads Author page:

HISTORY Novel of the Day: SECRETS AND LIES IN EL SALVADOR, by Sherrie Miranda

So cool that I won. I studied screenwriting & this book could easily be made into a movie and/or a TV series!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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

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ACTORTitle: Secrets & Lies in El Salvador

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