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Erik Orrantia

author of Normal Miguel

Lambda Literary Review! A wonderful milestone!
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It's been so long since I've posted anything here.  Now that I've come back, it's all in Spanish.  How things change.  I guess sometimes I simply feel like I don't have that much to say, at least not anything that might be all that interesting to you.

Big news, though, was yesterday's review of Normal Miguel on Lambda Literary.  Here's the URL in case you have a chance to check it out:
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/11/22/normal-miguel-by-erik-orrantia/  I'd love to hear your comments.  Proudly, it's the first book by Cheyenne Publishing to be reviewed on the site.  And thanks again to Mark Probst and all of the other writers and artists at Cheyenne.

Nearly Thanksgiving and I'll be heading up from Tijuana to my hometown--San Francisco Bay Area.  I grew up mostly in the East Bay, just south of Oakland, and though I've lost touch with many of my friends and most of my family has moved away, I still have those special few who make the trip worthwhile.

It's only fair to mention that I'll be leaving behind even more friends down here in Tijuana, including my partner Francisco.  Most of them can't cross the border legally--they'll have to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey south of the border.  Of course, for Tijuana's proximity to the US, Thanksgiving has caught on in most households.  Francisco will be going to more turkey dinners than me!  My other friend, Margarita, got nearly offended when I asked her if she celebrates Thanksgiving.  "Of course," she said, "I'm American.  My country is in North America!"  Gobble, gobble.

In other news that I haven't mentioned much, I am facing a little trouble that is, in part, due to the fact that I saved a copy of a manuscript of Normal Miguel on my computer at work.  I've been chatting with some friends about the reason for pennames and someone mentioned the need to keep work life separate from private life, citing a teacher as an example.  True enough!  Of course, if the content of the book hadn't been gay, I don't think they would have batted an eye.  Wish me luck...a hearing's coming up that could cost me my job.

I have also had time to work on two manuscripts this year.  The first is called The Equinox Convergence, a sort of regional suspense that tells of a young female shaman in southern Mexico whose life crosses paths with an up and coming drug runner.  Currently looking for a publisher for that one.  The second is called Taxi Rojo, A Tijuana Tale.  As much as I love the jungle, I thought Tijuana deserved a story.  This one's about a group of people, most of them gay, who all get in one taxi late at night (route taxis are commonplace in Tijuana).  When the taxi crashes, the lives of the passengers become intermeshed.  Each character struggles with his or her own issue as poverty, HIV, fidelity, gender identity, sexual identity, and relationships are considered.  All of my books intend to relay real life Mexico yet each one has its own flavor.

If you've made it this far, I thank you for your interest and endurance.  Please check out the review at Lambda Literary!  Looking forward to hearing from you!