I am promoting my memoir, Hazel Eyes. One editor asked me what is your Writing Style?...I wasn't sure at the moment how to answer, but now this is my response...probably a little late for the editor...Not for me!
Writing to Inspire Others
As a mother, author,
advocate, educator and speaker, my motivating passion is to help children and
teenagers through inspiring and creative stories even when my writing style may
be rejected–English is my second language after Spanish.
While a teenager, I
enjoyed writing inspiring messages and poems for my friends in my native
language. As a mother, I developed the necessity to write short stories in
English for my children to teach them moral values that I could not find in the
books at the library. As I grew older, I ventured to write my memoir
in a foreign language for respect to my relatives who did not want me to share
my spiritual life, but my spirit moved me to writeHazel
Eyes,an inspirational book for teenagers and adults
published in 2010.
Writing a memoir
connects our common stories that we experience beginning with our childhood and
on through adulthood. This type of writing process serves as a wonderful
healer. I wrote Hazel
Eyes to take the reader
on a journey to view my personal life and to reveal my experience of faith.
It took me nearly three
years to write, research, and re-write since it was painful for me to remember
some bad memories from my life as a child, doubts and questions as a teenager,
and sadly moments as an adult like the loss of my parents. At the same time, it
was breathtaking to remember my life as an adventurer traveling and working in
different countries all over the word until the moment I met my Prince Charming
and married. Since that moment, my life changed completely. I experienced the
miracle of life as a mother and the enormous challenges that represent being a
parent. I also incorporated my devotional
prayers, cultural traditions and celebrations that have been part of my
life. When I wrote my memoir, I realized how important it
was to examine life and wipe away past incidents and to forgive others. Hazel Eyes inspired
me to continue to write inspirational messages for all ages.
My current project is to complete a children’s bilingual collection called Lessons for Living for ages 3-12 years old to promote virtues that often seem to be forgotten. Each story contains a moral, vocabulary page, and questions for discussion with children in classrooms or at home.
stories (English/Spanish) with a moral.
After publishing Hazel Eyes, my first self-published memoir for
teenagers and adults, I began a collection of bilingual books for students of
Elementary School and Beginning Spanish learner students.
It will contain six stories to build tolerance, appreciation,
compassion, love, faith and hope.
This is a family project; my daughter is the
illustrator, my son the editor, my husband the webmaster and I am the writer.
Lessons for Living is born!
Estella Mejia created the first character
Desarrollo de Lecciones de Vida:
Historias bilingües para niños (Inglés/Español) con moraleja.
publicación de Ojos Avellana, mi primer libro de memorias publicado para
adolescentes y adultos, empecé una colección de libros bilingües para alumnos
de escuela primaria y estudiantes de Español.
historias para construir tolerancia, gratitud, compasión, amor, fe y esperanza.
Este es un
proyecto familiar; mi hija es el ilustrador, mi hijo el editor, mi esposo el web
máster y yo soy el escritor.