Norma Morales Mysteries

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The year is 1897, the place, Puerto Rico. Norma's best friend Malú has been arrested for a murder she didn't commit, and Norma, part time laundress, full-time agitator, must join forces with Malú's upper class lover to find out who did. What she learns will change her life forever.

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This image appeared in a 1899 history of Puerto Rico published after the U. invaded the island. The caption reflects North American conceptions of racial difference. It reads, “A Colored Belle of Puerto Rico: The mixture of African with Spanish. The Spanish American War, American History, Art Nouveau, Puerto Rico History, Puerto Rican Culture, Hispanic Heritage, African Diaspora, Puerto Ricans, History Facts

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This could be Malú, dressed up for a special occasion. This photograph was taken in the old city of San Juan, a year after the time of the novel.

A traditional palm frond bohio, this one in Loiza Aldea, an area populated by enslaved Africans who escaped through the swamps. In Puerto Rico. Old Pictures, Old Photos, Puerto Rico Pictures, Puerto Rico History, Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican Recipes, African Diaspora, Famous Places

A traditional palm frond bohio, this one in Loiza Aldea, an area populated by enslaved Africans who escaped through the swamps.

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This book, by my colleague Eileen Findlay, was one of my major sources. It's a brilliant look at how control of dark women's sexuality was a key issue for all the sectors vying for political power in late 19th and early 20th century Puerto Rico, and gave me many stories to work with in this project and several others. It will be especially significant for the next book in this series, which will be set in the coastal city of Ponce in the year of the US invasion.

I use Scrivener for all my writing. My first experience with Scrivener was back in when I was getting ready to NaNoWriMo my first novel, Sudden Mission. Writing Programs, Writing Advice, Writing A Book, Writing Ideas, Dissertation Writing, Writing Process, Writing Workshop, Writing Resources, Writing Help

USING SCRIVENER TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL

A quick review of Scrivener, a great program for novel writing.

Book by Puerto Rican naturalist Agustin Stahl, whose artwork inspired Norma to begin drawing and painting images of birds, insects, lizards and plants. Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican Culture, Source Of Inspiration, How To Find Out, January 21, Lizards, Insects, Journey, Image

Book by Puerto Rican naturalist Agustin Stahl, whose artwork inspired Norma to begin drawing and painting images of birds, insects, lizards and plants.

Radical journalist, and my real life relative, Evaristo Izcoa Diaz, inspired and mentored Norma to become a journalist herself. In the 1890s he wrote an article naming privileged young men who assaulted a young, poor, mulata girl, and helped her press charges. It launched his fiery career as a writer and publisher. You'll meet him in Chapter 5. How To Find Out, How To Become, Young Men, Dracula, Real Life, Mystery, Best Friends, Writer, Career

Radical journalist, and my real life relative, Evaristo Izcoa Diaz, inspired and mentored Norma to become a journalist herself. In the 1890s he wrote an article naming privileged young men who assaulted a young, poor, mulata girl, and helped her press charges. It launched his fiery career as a writer and publisher. You'll meet him in Chapter 5.

Here's the draft cover. The artist who made this lovely necklace graciously granted permission for me to use the image. Filigree, How To Find Out, Mystery, Diamond, Cover, Artist, Image, Jewelry, Jewellery Making

Here's the draft cover. The artist who made this lovely necklace graciously granted permission for me to use the image.