Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Women's History Month!

It's Women's History Month 2015!  Here are a few of the inspiring women that have shaped the world.

1) Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919) born Sarah Breedlove was an African American and one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.  She invented a line of African American hair products in 1905.  She was also a civil rights activist.

2) Maya Lin is a Chinese American architect and sculptor best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

3) Rosario Castellanos (1925-1974) was a Mexican writer who wrote novels, essays, poems and plays.  She was one of Mexico's most important literary voices in the last century.

4) Devon Abbott Mihesuah, Ph.D. is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  She is a historian, a professor and a writer.  Her teachings and her books focus on stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native Americans.

5)  Lynn Sherr is an American broadcast journalist and author.  She is best known as a an ABC 20/20 news correspondent.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Teenager's View on Social Media

This article is actually written by a nineteen year old college student.  He has a great perspective on social media and the Teen/YA generation and he even separates the most used  by high school teens from the most used by college teens and older.  Follow below.

A Teenager's View On Social Media

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blasian! (Repost update)

One of my main characters in the Chausiku Series is Kang, a Blasian born in China.  He is a member of the Qiao clan from Shanghai so he has supernatural powers.  But he still struggles with his identity as a #Blasian in Chausiku: The Secret Gambit Book Two.

All teens and young adults have issues to face and overcome.  But there are some struggles that are unique to biracial individuals.  While writing Book 2, I was particularly interested in the story of #LouJing, a biracial Chinese talent show contestant from Shanghai.   Biracial in America isn't new (my grandmother was half white/half black and my grandfather was half black/half Native American) but I wasn't as aware of biracials in other countries.

What's your story?  Send me your comments and check out some of the other blogs below.






#blasian, #scifi, #YA scifi, #teen scifi, #chausiku


The homeland of the Amaru clan in the Chausiku series is Peru!  I chose Peru because it is the homeland of my good friend, Jacqueline Sifuendes.  She has fascinated me with stories of her life in Peru and she travels home frequently to visit her family.

So teens/YA, share your stories of what's it like living in Peru.  What are your favorite foods, books and movies? What are your thoughts on the new Juana Burga (top Peruvian model) collection.  For those of you living in America, get a taste of Peru by reading Peru This Week http://www.peruthisweek.com


Writing YA

My blog pick of the day is Writing YA.