Betty Viamontes

Biography

Betty Viamontes was born in Havana, Cuba. In 1980, at age fifteen, she and her family arrived to the United States on a shrimp boat to reunite with her father after twelve years of separation. "Waiting on Zapote Street," based on her family's story, is her first novel. She is currently working on an anthology of short stories, all of which take place on Zapote Street and include some of the characters of her first novel. Betty Viamontes lives in Florida with her family and pursued graduate studies at the University of South Florida.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing became my refuge when I was a child and was a constant in my life since then. In 1980, when I emigrated to the United States at age fifteen, I had to place my passion on hold. I did not know English and learning it and getting used to my new country became an imperative. After completing graduate studies, I decided to begin to write again. I wrote in the evenings and worked in Accounting and Finance during the day. My mother's diagnosis with cancer around 2001 created a race against time to document her story. She passed away in 2011, and I stopped writing for several months. She had left me journals she wrote about events that she did not have time to share, but I could not read them because it was emotionally draining. Finally, I armed myself with the courage to do it and in 2015, I published a book based on her story. My first book, "Waiting on Zapote Street" is in many ways a collaboration with my mother and a gift to future generations. Writing for me is as essential as breathing.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are extremely important, not only because they validate an author's work, but because their comments can be a form of inspiration to the author and to others. Writing requires tremendous commitment. One has to search deep into the soul to provide readers with a rewarding, transformative experience. When a fan provides feedback to an author about how he or she was transformed by the author's work, it can be as rewarding as writing itself.
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Videos

Waiting on Zapote Street Video
Waiting on Zapote Street Video which includes family pictures

Books

La Danza de la Rosa
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: Spanish. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Literature » Literary
La danza de la rosa es una novela apasionante, donde la autora, Betty Viamontes, recrea los momentos que atraviesa una familia cubana, desde la fractura de un matrimonio que se ve obligado a soportar doce años de separación –el esposo en Estados Unidos y la esposa con tres hijos pequeños en Cuba– sosteniendo la ilusión del reencuentro frente a continuas adversidades. Esta obra, continuidad de Espe
The Dance of the Rose
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,080. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
From the author of the highly-rated novel "Waiting on Zapote Street." Rio and Laura reunite in the United States after being kept apart for almost twelve years. Rio now has two teenage daughters and an eleven-year-old boy he hardly knows. How to start again, as if the years had not passed? Would Rio's past continue to haunt him and his family?
Candela's Secrets and Other Havana Stories
Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off until Aug. 10!) Words: 35,100. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From the author of the highly rated "Waiting on Zapote Street," a novel selected by a United Nations book club for its February 2016 reading, a new book, an anthology that will keep readers glued to every page. "Candela's Secrets and Other Havana Stories" will take readers to the streets of Havana through lively and engaging stories. Do not miss this wonderful collection.
Esperando en la Calle Zapote: Amor y Pérdida en la Cuba de Castro
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,810. Language: Spanish. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Basada en hechos de la vida real, "Esperando en la calle Zapote" es una historia de amor y de la lucha de una madre cubana para lograr la libertad y reunificación de su familia. Cuando Laura se despidió de su esposo en el Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí en la Habana nunca imaginó el tiempo que pasaría antes de que lo volviera a ver.
Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro's Cuba
Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off until Aug. 10!) Words: 74,340. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Inspirational story, based on true events, about a Cuban mother's struggle to set her family free. It is a story of love, courage, and resiliency. The most frequent comment from readers is "once I started to read, I could not stop."

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