I got the news late in the evening and had a hard time falling asleep. The message from Professor Jose B. Gonzalez of LatinoStories said my selection as number one among this year’s list of “Top Ten New Latino Authors To Watch (And Read)” was based on feedback he and his co-editor have received about my debut novel AMERICA LIBRE from readers, librarians, editors, and faculty.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to be included alongside former “Top Ten” LatinoStories authors like Junot Diaz, Mirta Ojito and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez.
Although my name is on the cover of AMERICA LIBRE, this recognition reflects the support of so many others. This award makes me feel grateful for the people in my life … my family, my colleagues and my friends — including the many new friends I’ve made since I began my journey as an author. I’d like to celebrate this moment by saying thanks to all of you. If you’d like more details on the "Top Ten" list and its creators, please visit www.LatinoStories.com
I also want to take this opportunity announce that HOUSE DIVIDED the sequel to America Libre will be available from Grand Central Publishing January 28, 2011.