Interview with Flora Reigada

What is the most embarrassing mistake you have made?
One click of a computer's mouse can "spell" disaster and humiliation. It almost did for me after I gave my inspirational thriller, The Face Behind the Veil, a final going-over before e-mailing it to my publisher. At the last minute, I decided to change a character's name from Joseph to Stanley.
In a split second, this "global change" was made throughout the three-books-in-one, 600 page manuscript, which traces the legend of the birth veil through three generations.
That was the only alteration I made after the book was edited. Confident it was error-free, I clicked "send" and off it went. It wasn't long before I received the galley for my approval, so the printing process could begin.
Weary of the seven-year project, I almost didn't review the galley. But something in me couldn't let it go. That must have been Providential. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how the name change I made, affected a scene where the Christmas story is told. In horror, I read the following.

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Stanley, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Stanley her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Stanley, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost … Then Stanley being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:"
(Matthew 1:18-20, 24).

After getting over my initial shock, I made the necessary changes.
Now I can laugh about this incident, but it taught me something important. Although I love the convenience and speed of modern technology, editorial changes are best made the old fashioned way, one at a time and with a pair of discerning human eyes.

Flora's Books
The Face Behind the Veil
As the Great Depression loomed, Naomi was born with the "birth veil" over her face. In those more superstitious times, some believed this was the mark of a prophet. But what would "the veil" really mean to Naomi, then to her daughter and granddaughter? And what does it mean to us today? Read about it in The Face Behind the Veil. Paperback: or
When did you first start writing?
I was an overweight and unpopular elementary school student failing mathematics, when my teacher gave our class a weekly homework assignment. It was to write a short story on the subject of our choice, then read it aloud to classmates the next day.
I'd always enjoyed reading children's books and making up stories in my head, so I ran home and tackled this assignment with enthusiasm. My pen flowed as I wrote about classmates and I bravely exploring an abandoned neighborhood home, rumored to be haunted.
The next day, classmates listened and smiled as I read. I emerged from obscurity to become a popular story-teller.
Even though I would never get the "math thing," I realized I could write stories. I have been doing so ever since.
I understand my teacher, Mr. DiPonte at Public School 16 on Staten Island, New York, has passed on. Sadly, I never got to say "thank you for changing my life."
But somewhere in eternity, I hope Mr. DiPonte knows I am grateful.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
For inspiration, my mind travels back to childhood days on Staten Island, New York.
We lived near New York Harbor and on misty days, foghorns would echo up the hills to our apartment.
On snowy nights, as snowflakes swirled in streetlights, I would run through pristine snow, fine as sugar.
During holidays, our extended family would gather at my grandparents' Victorian home. The aroma of Thanksgiving turkey in the oven, still caresses my senses, as does the taste of homemade stuffing dripping with gravy.
As a fire crackled in the fireplace, sounds of laughter and children playing, filled the rooms.
Many of my family members are now gone. But living forever in my heart, in one way or another, they and Staten Island find their way into my books.
Describe your desk
What could a bathroom and a gold toilet-brush charm, possibly have to do with writing and my desk? Plenty.
When my husband retired and a grown child with children of her own moved back home, I was squeezed off my desk and out of my office.
Grabbing my pad and pencil, I found another office and desk--my bathroom and vanity counter. Retreating there each day to write, I would transcribe the handwritten material when our family's one computer became available.
Hearing of this, a friend presented me with a 14-karat gold toilet brush charm she had crafted especially for me. We both laughed until we cried at this symbol of turning a setback into a golden opportunity.
That was years ago and my house is emptier these days. I also now have an assortment of computers and devices where I may write. But I still find inspiration and solace in the "office" and on the "desk" I share with toothpaste and toiletries.
Thankfully, our family has another bathroom down the hall.
Published 2019-03-26.
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When Love Becomes Obsession
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The Face Behind the Veil
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 152,380. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
In Israel’s ancient temple, only high priests were allowed through the veil into the Holy of Holies. Millenia later, this legacy continues. As the Great Depression loomed, Naomi was born with the birth veil over her face. In those superstitious times, some believed this was the mark of a prophet. But what would the veil really mean to Naomi and how would it impact her life? Explore the mystery.