The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential.
My desk is like a 'U,' so I have my computer and lots of dictionaries because I write in Spanish and I live in English.
A memoir forces me to stop and remember carefully. It is an exercise in truth. In a memoir, I look at myself, my life, and the people I love the most in the mirror of the blank screen. In a memoir, feelings are more important than facts, and to write honestly, I have to confront my demons.
I love fiction because in fiction you go into the thoughts of people, the little people, the people who were defeated, the poor, the women, the children that are never in history books.