What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Not having enough time in the day to write. I wish I could spend all my time hunkered down at my desk in my pj’s writing.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Shadow of Loss?
The Shadow of Loss follows the story of a young girl, Evelyn, who is still in the process of putting herself back together after losing her best friend tragically. When she moves to start anew, she meets people who make her begin to enjoy life again.
What inspired you to write this book?
My childhood growing up in San Antonio. I think we all write to tell a story, and on some level a very personal story. I was sitting in class one day, and we were discussing Immigration and passing in public school. It’s so disheartening to hear how so many people feel pressured or judged because of their culture or skin color. In a lot of ways, I connect with Evelyn, and I feel like others will as well.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I usually spend about two hours a day writing during the week. On the weekends, it’s a lot longer if I’m in the zone.
Name your top five favourite books.
Currently my top five are: A Wrinkle in Time, House on Mango Street, Splintered, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Stardust.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on a New-Adult contemporary love story, due out in the summer, or at least that’s my goal. Can I give my synopsis? Well I will, just in case, *wink wink*.
I thought my life began when I graduated high school and moved far, far away—okay three hours away. But I was wrong. My life didn’t start till it almost ended.
I’m Cristal Escobedo, twenty-two years old and a former wild child who favors tequila far too much. But that all changed when life happened, and I ended up being responsible for my younger brothers. To top it all off, I think I’m falling in love with my best friend—dammit.
This is my not-so-happy story of how I grew up and got my shit together. It isn’t filled with a bunch of pretty analogies or hyperboles. The people are real, the hurt is deep, and the love is complicated. People are flawed in the ways that matter, it’s what makes us human.
Title: The Shadow of Loss
Author: Josefina Gutierrez
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more? Has she lost her soul? Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world. The world of teenage angst and Calculus. But can she trust people again? Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school. Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school.
Josefina Gutierrez is a Young Adult eBook author and a forever student. Josefina writes Young Adult Multicultural, Sci-fi, and Fantasy literature in her free time when she’s not embarking on adventures with her son and gnomes Fitzgerald and Bartholomew. Josefina’s current projects in the works are a New-Adult fiction eBook and a Fantasy dystopian eBook, the first in a series, due out in 2015.
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