Belinda Vasquez Garcia is the author of the award-winning magical series, the LAND OF ENCHANTMENT Trilogy (named the WITCH NARRATIVES for the ebooks.) The books have won 6 Best Fantasy Awards and a Books Into Movies Award.
RETURN OF THE BONES won Best Historical Fiction for the 2013 New Mexico / Arizona Book Awards. The novel has, also, won a Best Historical Fiction Award, Best eBook and Best Audio Book.
In her own words:
I breathe life into my characters just so that you may read their story. My goal is to entertain and touch you by making you laugh, cry, get angry, i.e. go through the emotional experience that makes us all human and by doing so, humanize my characters.
I know the pain of an impoverished upbringing, dysfunctional family, and other obstacles life threw in my way but still, I triumphed. Even though I was left without parents at the age of 16, I sometimes stumbled, but still managed to put myself though college, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics.
What makes me tick? Because of my dysfunctional upbringing, I am a broken clock, yet keep perfect time.
If I could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would I ask? My dinner party would be on Halloween, and Edgar Allan Poe would be guest of honor. I fell in love with his dark writing when I was a kid. Eddie would have to sit by himself so he doesn't depress the other guests. He would have to drink just water so his face doesn't fall on his plate half-way through the meal of roasted ravens. Then, after dinner he can scare us with his horror stories because I would invite my fans to my party. We will have chocolate cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and fudge for dessert. When we are bouncing off the walls from chocolate and wine, we will ask Eddie with bated breath, the real story of how he died. Everyone loves a good mystery.
I became an author because God punched me in the stomach one day and told me to bring up all the pain and joy I had inside me and write about it. Truly. I then began writing about 30 hours a week as a hobby while working 40 hours as a Software Engineer/Computer Programmer/Web Developer.
Stay thirsty, my friends, for knowledge. Try to laugh every day. Dance, even when people are looking. Try to have some fun every day and play, no matter your age. Never grow up but look at the world as a child might, as if everything is brand new and you just woke up from a long, satisfying nap. To quote a line from RETURN OF THE BONES: Love never dies, nor does hope, faith, nor magic.
I was born in the Los Angeles area. I have lived in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Florida. I thank you for your interest.
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