This week's interview is with Anjanette Delgado author of The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho.
Anjanette Delgado is an award-winning novelist, speaker, and journalist who has written and produced for media outlets such as NBC, CNN, NPR, Univision, HBO and Telemundo, among others. She's covered presidential coups, elections, the Olympics and both Iraq wars.
Early in her career, she became fascinated with heartbreak, the different ways in which it occurs, and the consequences it brings.
Her human-interest television series "Madres en la Lejanía" won an Emmy award for its depiction of Latina mothers working as undocumented nannies in the United States, while living with the consequences of having left their own children behind in search of a better life.
Set in vibrant Little Havana, The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho tells the story of Mariela Esteves, a woman whose choice to renounce her true calling results in two failed marriages, a brush with murder, and a lot of heartbreak.
Enjoy our interview with Anjanette Delgado!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Carolina, Puerto Rico, for the most part. I say that because my home was so rocked by domestic violence, I had "visited" over 15 schools by the time I graduated high school. I even lived in the South Bronx for three years in the 70s, and I have to say, it's where I had the best teachers, encouraging me to write and read. It's where I wrote my first "novel" called California Girl. I don't know where they are but thank God for Miss Tanner and Mrs. Blaustein. I hope their lives were and continue to be blessed for saving the angry, bewildered little girl I was then.
I always knew, but I had my girls young and didn't see how I could make time to write, let alone make a living with my writing back then. It wasn't until I was in my mid-thirties that I decided to go for it.
What was the inspiration behind your book The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho?
A scene came to me. In it, a woman felt real hate for the man she had loved all her life. I wondered what could make that happen... how people get from love to hate over the years of a life together. In the end, it's always about heartbreak for me.
I would love for Ana Santiago to play Mariela, from The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho and could see America Ferrera playing Erika in
The Heartbreak Pill.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
About three, if you don't count all the short stories.
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