I was born and raised in Argentina, educated in the U.S, and came to Mexico in 1962 with Time/Life International. I have been a regular lecturer to newly arrived foreign residents titled: Mexico – History, Legend and Cross Border Culture. I have published two novels in Mexico, The Crystal Bull and The Line/La Línea (presently being rewritten under the new title The Long Way Home). In 2012 my first nonfiction book, Mexico Behind The Mask was published by Potomac Books in Washington, D.C. and by The Univ. of Nebraska Press. My latest book, in the form of a limited edition, is Pebbles In Time. I have represented The Financial Times and Business Week (not as a foreign correspondent) for over twenty years. From 1975 to 1985 I published a series of magazines along the west coast of Mexico titled About: About Tijuana (including Ensenada, Loreto, and San Felipe). Los Cabos (including La Paz), Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Guadalajara, and Acapulco. In the 1980s, as a representative of Business Week, I published four special sections on “production sharing” along the border. As a representative of the magazine, I was also a member of a Mexican think tank in Mexico City known as The Pinnacle Group. During these years in the late nineties, I had the opportunity to meet and listen to many leading Mexican politicians and businessmen. For a period of fifteen years, I outsourced for Bancomext (Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior) publishing the annual Mexican Directory of Foreign Trade.
What inspires you to write?
I remember the old saying: "read a book and you will never be alone. Write a book and you live for eternity."
Tell us about your writing process.
I write approximately forty pages as a synopsis and then expand until I have a manuscript. I create the main characters and then let them live out their lives in the context of the storyline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let them do the talking
Who are your favorite authors?
Daniel Silva and Michael Connelly. No book keeps me up all night.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I live in Mexico. Getting an agent or finding a publisher is nearly impossible
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The invention of the word processor finished publishing as we know it. Everybody is writing a book so agents and publishers set up firewalls like query letters and other mechanisms to keep you out the door while pretending these instruments open the door of opportunity. I know writers of yore who don't even know what a query letter is.
What genres do you write?
mostly action, adventure and romance.
What formats are your books in?
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