Maria J. Estrada

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MARIA J. ESTRADA is an English college professor of Composition, Literature, and her favorite, Creative Writing. She grew up in the desert outside of Yuma, Arizona in the real Barrio de Los Locos, a barrio comprised of new Mexican immigrants and first-generation Chicanos. Drawing from this setting and experiences, she writes like a loca every minute she can—all while magically balancing her work and family obligations. She lives in Chicago’s south side with her wonderfully supportive husband, two remarkable children, and two mischievous cats. You can learn more about her other books and writing happenings at barrioblues.com.

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Maria J. Estrada I take a different direction with my characters. Last time I had a writer's block, I changed the gender and point of view of the main character.…moreI take a different direction with my characters. Last time I had a writer's block, I changed the gender and point of view of the main character. However, I generally don't get a writer's block. I get a revision block, and I take that one step at a time, in small chunks. (less)
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New Writing Project, Wolf Trek Edits, and Beta Reading a Great Demonic Possession Novel: The Priest of Orpagus #barrioblues

These last few weeks have been a challenge, which is why I haven’t been blogging as much. Still, I am pulling through the energy slump muck and getting back on the keyboard. (It’s not the same thing as a writer’s block, and I understand a little better why some writers lose weeks of writing time.)

Last week, I started working on “Nail Shop Warriors”, and am waiting to get back the next bit from my writer-... Read more of this blog post »
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