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Meet the Character Blog Tour: La Llorona

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I was tagged in this post by the conscience of my writing, Sabrina Vourvoulais. The blog tour is “Meet the Character.” It answers the eight questions at the end of this email with a link back to the blog of the person who asked you to participate and the a link forward to the people you yourself ask to participate (if you choose to do so). As you can see from #7, it is expected that this be about a novel in progress, but really, for me, if you have a character you are devoted to and want to talk about, then by all means spill.

The questions:

1. What is the name of your character?

My character has several names, but the most important one, is La Llorona, a Mexican legend that every kid knows about. She’s said to wear white and wail at the rivers for her lost/drowned children. It is also said that she drowns little kids. At least, these are the stories I grew up with and then yelled at to go to sleep. My Llorona is nothing like her and she has a few names: Guadalupe, the name she was given at birth and/or La Golondrina the name she used when she was a spy in the Mexican Revolution.

2. Is she/he fictional or a historic person?

She’s a legend so there is some history to her, but she’s totally fictional.

3. When and where is the story set?

Mexico, in the State of Guanajuato during the beginnings of the Mexican Revolution. Later, she is all over the place and so the story covers the period of the revolution and after it. There is also some present time narrative.

4. What should we know about him/her?

She’s one crazy #$%^, but she’s humorous, witty, tender and strong. She is a dreamer. She is also a soldier, a spy and very vindictive.

5. What is the main conflict? What messes up her/his life?

Besides war, there is poverty, misunderstandings and the stealing of women. I won’t go into it more here or it will give away my plot and I’m NOT FINISHED.

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

Redemption.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Working title is: Llorona and I hope so. If I don’t find a publisher, I’ll serialize it here.

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

If I ever finish the research on the battles of the Revolution, I’m thinking sometime near the end of 2015 that is, IF I find a publisher that wants it. It was a finalist for the PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship though, so maybe I will.

The other blogs on this tour are:

Sabrina’s, who got me into this mess

Sincerely, Ezzy

Tejana Made

I tagged, pero haber si me hacen caso: Luis Alberto Urrea, Joe Loya & Frank Lechuga

About Gina Ruiz

Teller of tales, writing about East L.A., tech, mobile, and historical fiction. PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship finalist 2013. Author of stories in Ban This! and Lowriting. Published poet. Writes a lot.

The Concrete River

Rivers, especially this concrete one, factor into my writing often.  I grew up near two sides of this river.  When I lived with my mother in Cudahy, the river was without the beauty of the green hills.  When I lived with my grandparents in Atwater (near Los Feliz) there was lush greenery mixed with the concrete.

I remember the drive to my grandparent’s house vividly.  It was always just freeway and cars – 710 to the 5; until you made that turn, that small curve that opened up and showed you the hills of Griffith Park.  Sometimes the hills were vivid green and they made me gasp at their beauty. Sometimes they were scorched earth and my heart ached for the dead trees and brush.  You could see deer back then, delicately high-stepping their way along the sides of the hills.  They often gazed out at traffic, their big soulful eyes looking back at me.  They were free and I was not.  I was trapped in a metal box, hurtling along to what I called home.  They way back was always miserable.

Throughout my growing up, the rivers were there to comfort me, whether they were green from greenery or just algae and the run-off of toxic waste from the factories of Vernon and South Gate. On the South side, they were an escape.  To the North, they were a place to dream and write; to watch the blue herons and listen to the frogs.  They were a place to ride my bike, free and unfettered, feeling like the deer that lived in the hills nearby.

This concrete river is part of my soul now and so it finds its way into story or book – living, breathing, winding its way in the words I find to describe it.  It will feature prominently in my new short story, LORCA GREEN out in the upcoming LOWRITING anthology by Broken Swords Publications.

About Gina Ruiz

Teller of tales, writing about East L.A., tech, mobile, and historical fiction. PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship finalist 2013. Author of stories in Ban This! and Lowriting. Published poet. Writes a lot.