A Letter Explaining the Reason Behind the Choice of Writing “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” as Historically-Based, Rather than Historical Fiction

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Mr. Lamperti,
I very much appreciate your message and am glad that you care so much about El Salvador’s recent history.
When I first began writing “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador,” I wanted it to be historical fiction, but I had t w o very knowledgable people tell me not to write it that way. The first person (who recently passed away with cancer) told me that the story would be better told by moving events around in order to build tension. Karen Aschenbach had written screenplays and lived in Hollywood the last few years of her life. I am well aware that Hollywood doesn’t often tell the complete truth, but I am also hoping that this story will be made into a movie.
The other person who recommended I not call it (or make it) historical fiction is an author of historical fiction herself. She said historical fiction doesn’t sell except to a small group of people who care immensely about history. A few months after she gave me this advice, she pulled her books off the shelf to edit and make changes as some readers had found some errors in the work.
That was a wake-up call for me as I knew I wasn’t being meticulous about the history and especially the time-line.
For these reasons, I call the novel historically-based, rather than historical fiction.
I will make sure my publicist is aware of this so that we do not label this story inaccurately.
My sincere thanks for your compassion toward the Salvadoran cause. My Salvadoran friends and family are very grateful to you and all those who remind the world of this unjust US-funded war.
Sherrie Miranda
sherriemiranda1@aol.com

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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Sherrie Miranda

I am an author who writes in order to create more peace and understanding in the world. I am a teacher who has taught students from many countries of the world. I am also a life and writing coach. I love to travel and first traveled to other countries before finally deciding to see some of the U.S., places that foreigners I met have been to, but that I hadn't. I am happily married to a teacher who identifies himself first, as a musician. We hope to someday travel together to places where I read my novel(s) and speak to people about loving life while Angelo plays his piano and entertains the audience too. I also hope to assist seniors and troubled teens to write their life stories in order to heal. Life has much to offer so I always encourage young people to hang in there and know that things WILL get better.

20 thoughts on “A Letter Explaining the Reason Behind the Choice of Writing “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” as Historically-Based, Rather than Historical Fiction”

  1. Hi,
    Historically based fiction, I like that idea. I just bought an e-copy of your book from Amazon Germany. When I read it, I will do a book interview. At the moment, I don’t know when.

    All the best and once again, I really enjoyed the video and the music. I do concerts here in Europe and play keyboards and know good music when I hear it.

    Shalom,
    Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat! Since you play keyboards, I bet you would appreciate the video my husband made a video for my novel. He wrote the song too:

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    2. Hey Pat,
      So sorry I never replied to you. I just saw this now.
      I do hope you enjoyed the book. I’m working on the prequel now. It’s called “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.”
      Hope 2019 is a great year for you!
      Sherrie

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    1. Hey Jason, I am just seeing this now! Nope, no changing blogs for me. Too much work! Besides, I’m still trying to figure out how this one works! 😉 ❤
      Peace,
      Sherrie

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  2. historical fiction are enjoyable reads but so many times I feel disappointed when the history is twisted terribly and it ends up becoming a dead one for me. Nice review.

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    1. Historical fiction is supposed to be very exact. That’s why I call my novel historically-based. Also, many sites say the history should be at least 50 years before the author is born. Either way, it works out better for me to not have to be so exact. It allowed me to let things happen in the story that likely could have happened but I can’t prove that they did.
      If it sounds interesting, check out the video my husband made.
      Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
      http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
      Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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    1. Not sure how it relates to my novel, but I’m happy to share it just the same.
      Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español soon. It’s about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
      http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
      Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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