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

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


A Different Kind of Bio for My Intro to the Women at A Group Home – WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

A resume tells how one made their money, maybe their career, but there’s always so much more behind the scene events and experiences that show HOW we made it to where we are.
Sherrie Miranda was born Sherrie Thomas to parents brought up by their grandparents in hunting and fishing territory in Pennsylvania.
After the family moved to Upstate New York, Sherrie never quite fit in because of that disconnect of the “old ways” and the new. By high school, she decided fitting in wasn’t the way she wanted to go and she would from then on consider herself an outsider. 
She made the mistake of marrying at the age of eighteen. She wanted to get away from her mom and didn’t see how else she could swing it financially.
After her divorce, she went to college. She flunked out of Art, then Photography, then she moved to New Orleans on a whim. She then studied Art again, but was trying to be more practical, so she switched to Nursing. After 4 years of school, she got accepted into a non-degree nursing program. There was no way in hell she did all that work to come out without a degree so she switched majors again, this time to Drama & Communications. She loved it, but at that time, the business was switching to using computers. Besides, Sherrie was never a “9-5er” so why start now?
She moved to San Diego with a Salvadoran she mistakenly married. He hid his true identity and she suddenly realized she had once again become a wife to a man that cared nothing about what she wanted. By that time though, she had become fluent in Spanish and was a teacher so finally she was dependent on only herself.
After teaching for 10 years in LA, Sherrie moved back to San Diego to marry a man who had fallen in love with her at her teaching job there. He is also a musician and was a huge influence on her getting her novel written and published.
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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:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Looking for Readers Willing to Review “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador”

The review only needs to be 2-3 sentences. If you are interested, email me at sherriemiranda1@aol.com. Let me know if you prefer a Mobi or a PDF.

It’s been a bit frustrating as I had three reviews recently that were NOT put on Amazon which is where many look for reviews even if they don’t buy from them. The reviews ended up in obscure places where they’ll never be seen.

The prequel to this novel “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” will be out in December.CoverEight_sherrie2015_33

Peace & justice for all,


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: 
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

An FB Connection tells me how much he loved “Secrets & Lies In El Salvador: Shelly’s Journey.”


I can only hope he will post this on Amazon, as well as other places!                               Sherrie

Dear Sherrie,

I just finished reading your novel. I really enjoyed it. What a page-turner. I completed it in only 4–really 3+1/2 days. I continually had to discover what happened to the characters next.

Far from being mere mouthpieces, they were each real human beings with all a real human being’s combination of gifts and flaws. These, possessed more gifts, of course!

Rather than the two dimensional story we all too often learn of on TV or in the newspapers, you made the struggle in El Salvador truly come alive–both the land herself and the people living there.

You wrote a very lovely, poignant and memorable tale. Through seeing my gushy, purple words, you can tell I am absolutely sincere in my words of congratulations.

Warmest regards,                                                                                                                          Michael

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: 
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

One Year into Making America Great Again: Mike’s Thoughts

Mike’s Thoughts
One year into making America great again…
Donald Trump ran for President promising to “Make America Great Again.” Personally, I think he is off to a great start. Why? Because if his presidency has done one thing, it’s that people have become AWARE and ACTIVE like never before. Complacency is no longer the standard when it comes to how people perceive our government and those who represent us. We are all becoming more informed and involved, especially with issues that relate to our lives and our families.
The day after his inauguration, the Women’s March became the largest worldwide march in history. Donald Trump woke up the women of the world and we are just beginning to feel the effects. The march centered on issues such as equal pay, equal opportunity, and a woman’s right to make decisions relating to her health and body. Women coming forward and speaking out are now bringing focus to their treatment in the work place. Men in power in Hollywood, corporate America, and the halls of the Senate and Congress are learning sexual harassment and discrimination have no place anywhere in America.
The travel ban, attempts to end DACA, Black Lives Matter, and white supremacists galvanized and united other sectors of the population. Limiting an individual’s liberty and freedom based on the color of their skin or the God they worship is not something the American people are willing to sit back and accept. Our Constitution, the 15th and 19th amendments, the Civil War, and civil rights legislation of the 1960’s prove removing prejudice and discrimination are ongoing struggles.
I believe this time is different. So many groups are feeling threatened by pending legislation and recent passed legislation. All of us are affected in some way. We have become “AWARE.” If we are going to protect our values, our beliefs, and our money, now is the time to pay attention. We have also become “ACTIVE.” In addition to the Women’s March, we are marching and protesting to protect health care. Our representatives are being contacted in record numbers to express our opinions. We are marching for or against gun control, removing Confederate statues, and tax reform. Citizens that are aware and active are the ones who drive change.
Unfortunately change is not always easy to accept. When the change threatens religious or cultural beliefs, the very existence of the group is threatened. Our democracy ensures there is room for all religions, all cultures, and all ideas. We are at a point in history where our political leadership sees change on the horizon. Our congressional leaders exist on the polarization of the population. It appears they are now working to divide us rather than unite us.
Our people are what makes America great. We are diverse in color, culture, religion, education, sexual orientation, motivation, and desires. Our success as a country is built upon our ACCEPTANCE of our differences rather than our ability to silent dissent. I was moved when a Muslim group helped restore a   vandalized Jewish cemetery. Traditional enemies are showing respect for the others heritage. We as individuals will end the  polarization. Love and respect cannot be legislated.
Today the news is reporting the inappropriate treatment of women by men in power. We all know that most men have the physical power to dominate and control women. Treatment of women is a worldwide issue and it has been since the beginning of time. I’m confident the time of change is here. Women’s issues will      dominate the headlines. Awareness will activate the changes that improve life for all of us.
No time in history has seen the potential for change we now have before us. A united population, knowledgeable of the issues, and active participation, can control the direction of our change. Don’t sit on the side lines. Contact your representatives and tell them how you feel about important issues. Make them represent YOU and your family, not kowtow to the party line. Get busy and we will Make America Greater.
~ Michael Rice is a broker from Mt. Laguna
Please contact me if you have an article you’d like me to share. Sorry, but the alternative view is seen enough; that won’t be posted here!  😉  ❤
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: 
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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Secrets and Lies & Life: My Spanish professor (from 1985) read my novel!


Hi Sherrie,

It’s taken a long time, but I finally got around to ordering your book from Amazon. Last night I read it in one sitting and I want to comment on it before my thoughts fade away–or disappear altogether.
First of all, it is compelling reading. The secrets and lies of the title are very well integrated into the general background of the story which presents a dismaying picture of want and occasional prosperity, normal life and life carried on in the midst of terror. Except for the protagonist the other characters, to my mind, are sketched rather than filled in. Shelly is a believable woman, but I thought that her attachment to José was presented too suddenly. In general, I think that what I would have considered the most telling scene in the story–Romero’s assassination– was given short shrift. Were you present in New Orleans when there was a huge turnout at the Canal Place Theatre in commemoration of his life and works?
I liked the emphasis on food as a metaphor for the love and nurture offered by Abuela, in particular. I also liked Shelly’s care for the plants at the Refugee Center.
Finally, I think that Shelly’s actions speak loudly enough for the political message you wanted to convey so that there is less need to explicate it, as you do at the end of the novel. The “social ” message, as I see it: newfound recognition of the bonds of family, I consider apt for Shelly. Not for me. I prefer ties that connect people outside the family circle. I know that you believe in a wider solidarity, but Shelly’s change of ideas and sentiments regarding family and religion bothered me.This reaction shows my strong bias as an unbeliever. I can’t deny that when family ties begin to look like tribalism, I am disturbed. And as for religion, Marx’s stand (Religion is the opium of the people) is a view I share.Objectivity in reading and trying to understand a work of fiction is not really possible. I guess you may know me well enough to recognize that I don’t value objectivity overmuch or consider it attainable unless it is a question of an historical account, Even then, it is very hard to achieve on the part of the author and readers reacting to the account.
Congratulations! You have certainly produced a gripping account of Shelly’s sojourn in El Salvador. I hope the the book on New Orleans will come out soon.
I hope that you and your family are well. I look forward to hearing from you again.
Hello Win,
Thank you for ordering & reading the book. And thank you for your candor. I have a couple friends that normally speak candidly to me, but they have never discussed the book with me this way.

I was in Rochester when Romero was killed, at the beginning of my road toward activism. CISPES had put together a slide show about Romero’s assassination & the ensuing repression. Since my protagonist’s stay in ES was only about a year, the characters had to be sketchy (I think). My initial ideas for this novel started in NOLA. J’s sister, G, told me about her friend who’s father was a union leader & how hard it will be for her to become a doctor. (She is a doctor today!) G is also a dr. but she came to New Orleans after the earthquake in El Salvador & lived with us. She actually told me she couldn’t write a review because the novel is about her family! I don’t think it is, but there are hybrids of real people in the novel.
Right now, G is fixing the terrible translation done by a young Salvadoran who never lived in an English speaking country! I hired a company to do the translation. G says my mistake was saying I wanted it translated by a Salvadoran. She’s probably right because initially K hired an Argentinian to do the translation with help from a friend who is Salvadoran.
I had the formatting done already when I was looking through it for minor mistakes. That’s when I started freaking out as there are mistakes even in the title.
Since G is a doctor, it is taking her a while to get through it all, but she has promised me that it flows much better. I am grateful for that.
I believe I had some sense of your atheism (if that’s what you call it). And certainly Catholicism enters into your issues and concerns with the Spanish conquest.
I was an agnostic most of my life. After 9/11, I found a place called Agape International House of Worship. At that time, Rev. Michael followed Science of Mind. It is a fascinating belief system! No hell or devil & they combine the beliefs of the 7 major religions of the world. Many there are practitioners or studying to be practitioners so Rev. Michael does not consider himself the be-all, end-all of his church; in fact, he once told the audience (~1-2,000 twice every Sunday) that he hoped they would take the ideas back to their home church. Many of the practitioners were past & present activists. 
SOM1 was a course I took after the Newcomer course. It was very healing. Most of my past has been healed so I was able to be kind & loving to my parents, as well as accept their deaths which was something I had always believed was going to tear me apart. I hardly cried when my dad died. I guess because we had plenty of time to talk after my mom died. Because of my mom’s & my difficult relationship, that was harder to come to terms with, but I now see that I am a peace activist because of her influence.
As a teen, I went with a friend to a Catholic mass. At the time, I wished I had been able to confess my “sins.” I had done some dumb stuff as a child and in my mind, it made me a bad person. If I had been forgiven, I wouldn’t have carried around that guilt most of my life.                I met several priests & nuns in New Orleans, including Father Roy Bourgeois & Sister Helen Prejean. They have continued to do great work: Father Roy, organizing against the School of the Americas; Sister Helen, ministering to those on death row & actively working to have the death penalty outlawed in this country.                                                                                                            Being aware of the work Catholics priests & nuns were doing in El Salvador & going to funeral masses for the many priests that were killed in El Salvador helped me to see that there were many in the Catholic Church (albeit the lower echelons) who were very good & loving people, people who gave their lives for the poor they tried to help.
In the end, I consider myself spiritual, but definitely not religious. I have gotten a couple messages from my mom after her death when I felt I couldn’t go on.
Also, I don’t know if you knew that I was a teacher, full-time, for about 13 years, plus subbing when I moved back to San Diego from LA where I taught kids from many countries. At Venice High School, there were a lot of Oaxacans. We had a few teachers from Spain. Those kids, whose 1st language was an Indigenous one, were angry at the Spanish, not the Americans, as groups like MEChA are.
There have been many difficulties I have put myself through and finding that I had a belief system that fit with Spiritual Thought helped me get out of my funk of finding people to save and allowed me to save myself and finally be ready to spend the rest of my life with a kind, loving man like Angelo.
Not sure if you wanted to know all this, but there it is anyway! Hugging face 

P.S. Because of all the mess with translation, my New Orleans book is on hold, but I will try to attach the cover so you can see it.


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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español very soon! It is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch… 😉