Santiago is a twenty-four-year-old mother of two, who struggles to leave her past behind her, and find happiness. She was once a humble young girl, born and raised in Baltimore City. However, being raised in the states does not override her Cuban DNA. Santiago becomes very hostile after a spiral of tragic episodes occurs in her life.
In recent years her misplaced anger shows up in her sex life, confusing lust for love. While growing up, her father is one of the biggest drug smugglers in Baltimore from Cuba, Valdez Santiago, AKA Whip. Ultimately, She is use to the lavish lifestyle that daddy provides. Sadly at the age of nine, her life take a turn for the worse when her mother dies. She passively deals with feelings of being unloved and unwanted when her father turn to alcohol and abandon her. Simultaneously her four year old brother is taken away. For years she will hate Whip! That is until she needs him.
After trial and error, she will eventually grab a hold on life, and not willing to give up, she moves away to start over. She realizes that she too must carry a cross in life, and no matter where she go, the truth tends to follow her. She is faced with yet another test; this time it will be physically challenging. Santiago will vanquish many obstacles. With brains, beauty and a body to die for, she leaves herself vulnerable for the untimely setup. The setup that will not only place her in grave danger, but will get revenge on her estranged father’s life.
Get to know Star:
Q: What inspired you to become a writer?
A: I was inspired to write from the tragedies that took place in my own life, but felt forced to after I was diagnosed with Lupus. I always knew that I had a story to share.
Q: How can you personally relate to the novel?
A: Like Santiago, the main character, I suffered through many rough patches when my mom passed away at the age of nine. I too was completely separated from my younger brother. Although life for me in the beginning was tough, I realized that without going through those things I probably wouldn’t be here writing today.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I would have to say that I do not have one specific writing style. Being born and raised in Baltimore City I was subjected to many things, from good to bad. I do believe that my style of writing reflect an open minded person who have seen and done many things.
Q: Is there a message in the novel that you want your readers to grasp?
A: Absolutely, the message is simple. Life is hard at times and we don’t always have the answers, but if we hold on long enough, keep faith, and be willing to put our best foot forward that all things are possible. We are all here to serve a purpose.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: I certainly see writing as a career. I believe what you get out of it though depends on what you put in it.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: For me the hardest part was staying focused and devoting lots of time. I am a wife and a mother of four young children. Between my illness and my family, at times writing was impossible.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book?
A: I learned from the process in general rather than just the writing part. It was after I wrote the book that I then learned so much. Things like, the constant editing process and the necessary steps one have to take when trying to get their book published. Over all the experience has been remarkable.
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