With the publication of Eddie's Choice, the 11th book in my "True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High, it seems time I should stop neglecting my website and get current. So, for starters, November 3, 2019, was Book Launch day, and I'm thrilled to finally have Eddie's story available for readers. Some of you will remember Eddie Barajas from my previous book, Shut Up. Told from his older brother Mario's point of view, it is the story of the love of two brothers, and of the older brother's struggle to rescue nine-year-old Eddie from the clutches of a sexual predator.
The reason several characters from early books show up again when they're older is that I sometimes wonder how they're getting along after having been through hard times. And for the past several years I found myself sometimes wondering about Eddie. How did his earlier molestation affect his later years? Had he managed to get past the severe anxiety that so often goes with such trauma?
I also found myself wondering how the increased hatred and animosity exhibited in our present political climate might be affecting teens. The only way to discover how growing hatred and division affects young people, or to learn how Eddie's doing as an older teen, is to write the story. So I did. More about that soon.