On Assignment: Eduardo Santiago

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Eduardo Santiago

This assignment is making me nervous.

During grad school, I had the pleasure of reading Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago. I was in a crucial part of my novel. I had a question to answer and I didn’t know what came next. It was not a writing block since I don’t believe in writing blocks. Nothing I was writing at the time felt right or genuine.

My advisor, Aimee Liu, assigned me this book to read since it was addressing some of the same topics I was writing about — the story of an immigrant and the burden of a big secret.

I devoured that book. It was the right book at the right time and got me through the slump in my novel.  It had everything — novelas (spanish soap operas), Cuban characters, the past, the present, and the big thing, the lesson I needed to finish my thesis.

Months later, Eduardo and I became friends on Twitter. He’s given me encouragement through my process and it’s been a dream to have him in my corner.  It also helps that he’s Cuban and just by being Cuban he is awesome. (Says the half Cuban girl writing this.)

Now, I get to use my blogging powers to ask him questions about his new book (which I’m excited to read) Midnight Rumba.

Here’s a bit about the book:

“MIDNIGHT RUMBA” TAKES PLACE IN CUBA BEFORE THE REVOLUTION AND
SPANNING THE YEARS 1940 TO 1959, WHEN FIDEL CASTRO CAME TO POWER.
THE NOVEL FEATURES SIX MAIN CHARACTERS WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON
ESTELITA DE LA CRUZ WHO WAS BORN IN 1940. “MIDNIGHT RUMBA”IS THE
SECOND NOVEL BY EDUARDO SANTIAGO, AUTHOR OF “TOMORROW THEY WILL
KISS”.

Interesting no? So, I’m getting some questions ready for Eduardo. What should I ask him? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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