Interview with Ana A. Cavazos

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located in the Southernmost tip of Texas, which borders Mexico. There are 90% Hispanic or Latinos and 73% Mexicans. There are four counties, Hidalgo, Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County. The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major cities include Harlingen, Edinburg, Mission, Rio Grande City, Raymondville, Weslaco, Hidalgo and Pharr.
Living here, and experiencing a low socio-economic status, and later a middle class status, after a college education, I was able to experience both worlds. My first memoir, captures a bit of life as a migrant, and is entirely influenced by my life experiences. I am now moving forward by using my experiences as an educator, to create works which will move our young Hispanic children forward in life, with a new goal and life expectation.
When did you first start writing?
I have captured my memories and experiences since I can remember, but started writing late while in college. I recommend that children journal every day. It is amazing how our thoughts change, and how much we change as individuals. Writing captures those changes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had submitted my work to a publishing company that was foreclosed on. I am retired, and decided that I needed to tackle actually creating my book, which means learning new software, uploading it and now marketing. I have many other ideas, and continue to work on different ideas, and submit to traditional publishing as well. To answer your question, I was determined to have my story told, and made the decision to learn the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is capturing memories for my family; thus the memoir. Also, thinking about the audience, I am a teacher at heart, so I want to create works which will help children learn something, or simply enjoy reading a story. I particularly enjoy when young children discover the love of reading!
What do your fans mean to you?
Having readers means that someone is enjoying what I write.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors, after all, they are my rockstars. In children's books, I have enjoyed Mo Willems, Ted Arnold, Shel Silverstein, Anna Dewdney, and many others. Fiction authors, Margaret Peterson Haddix (Dystopia), Mary Downing Hahn (Ghost Stories); Scott Westerfield, The Uglies (Dystopia)-YA; Eric Walters, The Rule of Three (Dystopia); Carolyn Meyer's Young Royal Series. Sandra Cisneros,The House on Mango Street; Rodolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima, I can go on and on. There are truly so many books, and so little time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading Historical fiction so that I can learn about historical events, and Dystopia. Dystopia has now become something that could happen in real life, as we see the immense change our government is going through. The features of a Dystopia novel are that the setting is the future, and usually involves a science experiment gone wrong, or a government breakdown. The people are left to fend for themselves, or live in a world where the new government has been revamped, and human rights have changed. I can safely say that these are my two favorit genres.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has opened up a whole new world for me. It has allowed me to get my book up in an ebook format, and stay competetive and current.
Published 2017-09-18.
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Books by This Author

Through Fields to an Education
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 790. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
In this memoir, the author uses descriptive language and voice to transport the reader into the day in the life of a teenage girl, as she accompanies her family to work in the fields during a summer in the Rio Grande Valley.