Agustin Eliab Juarez

Biography

Agustín Eliab Juárez attended Stanford University after growing up in Guadalajara, Jalisco earning two degrees, the latter a Master’s in Cultural and Social Anthropology. He studied and researched the Conquest of Mexico specializing on La evangelización de los indígenas at the prestigious El Colegio de México in Distrito Federal. Among his mentors stand the late poet and novelist Fernando Alegría, trailblazer Jean Franco and the writer and professor James de Jongh. An advocate for Hispanic and undocumented youth, Agustín supports completion in higher education. The Solitude of Destiny is his first book and number 1 of a planned trilogy-in-progress. A non-fiction book, still unpublished titled MEA CULPA will be published in 2014.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The very first story I ever wrote - in English because I was educated in Spanish - was about my summer vacation between sixth and seventh grades. It was about being in the forest for days, foraging for berries, making campfires, eating white rice with beans and tortillas, looking at the stars all night long, meeting a girl and jumping into the Colorado River; it was magical and believable such that teacher read it in front of class. It was my first recognition as a writer. My first story in Spanish was in the third grade when I wrote to my father tall tales of life at home as he was working far away. It was mostly a document about the orchard, my brothers fighting and the neighbors playing softball in the backyard while I watched atop a tree safe from the maddening crowd.
What is your writing process?
I write from the gut - from instinct, because through life experience the stories come to me. For example, I have lived in many places, all of which taught me something about the human condition. People are essentially the same everywhere they go - with their fears and passion, hatred for the opposition, angry, sweet, lonely but the region gives their story a different spice if you will. Language by far plays a part in every story what with Southerners talking a certain way, Mexicans with their humor, others with their daily life preoccupation of getting by in life doing what needs be done. In all, these stories come to me and I shape them. Everything in my writing stems from life experience.
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Books

The Actor
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
The Actor has taken the place once held by The Legendary Actor - two very different individuals, with two different lives. What are the similarities and differences between the two?

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