<1. What is your new book about? It provides answers for teachers, medical people, corporate trainers, and other instructors needing to help Spanish-speakers learn in an English-speaking environment.
<2. What inspired you to write it? Empowering Spanish Speakers, was inspired by my frustration that US public schools fail to graduate Latinos. The teaching methods do not teach Spanish speakers the way they learn; 49% fail to graduate high school. I was born in rural New Mexico, worked in food service with Latinos for 20 years, and lived on the Arizona/Sonora border in a rural area for 12 years. That blend ignited my passion to serve indigenous Mexicans.
<3. What was the writing process like for this book? Over 7 years of research went into the book. I took what I learned and compared that to over 200 research reports. My book is laid out like a college textbook but with so many stories that are fun to read.
<4. What are the rewards/challenges of writing in your genre? I have the opportunity "to be the change I want to see in the world (Gandhi)," but the USA lacks my love of Mexico and her people.
<5. What advice do you have for struggling writers? If you have the passion, put it on paper. Later, do anything it takes to sell the book.
<6. Where do you see book publishing heading? People are going to expect more from a printed book and accept less from a digital book.