There are many true stories about my family in the book, including most of the first chapter where the Rosa character rushes back to Mexico to see her dying grandmother. The historical happenings in the book are real, and the Mayan legends that introduce many of the chapters are stories I heard growing up. But the main storyline is fiction.
One of the hardest parts of the writing process was the research around the Mayan legends, and figuring out what legends I could use to introduce different chapters in the book. I had started with the story of Dziu’s Son, which was such a great match for my first chapter that I felt I needed to do an equally good job tying other legends to what was happening to my characters.