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Sisterhood of Authors Team Up For Names I Call My Sister

We love the same, we laugh the same, we cry the same, and we strive for similar goals

By Mary Castillo
Published on LatinoLA: April 28, 2007


Sisterhood of Authors Team Up For Names I Call My Sister


Two years ago, fellow authors Mary Castillo, Berta Platas, Sofia Quintero and Lynda Sandoval, came up with the concept of a sexy, smart-alecky and honest anthology about sisters. Within a month, they sold the proposal to HarperCollins Avon A. That concept is now an anthology titled, Names I Call My Sister to be released May 8, 2007.

In the larger picture, Names I Call My Sister was an opportunity for Castillo, Platas, Quintero and Sandoval to bring stories that appeal to the modern Latina reader.

"Unfortunately, all of us can tell you at least one story about an agent or editor who told us to write 'more Latina', or, told us out right that Latinos don't buy books," said Castillo, a Newport Beach resident.

"Now that we're proving that Latinas come in many varieties and that they do indeed buy books, this anthology was our chance to make a difference in publishing."

Platas, Quintero and Castillo had worked together on the anthology, Friday Night Chicas (St. Martins Griffin, $12.95), which was a concept devised by their editor. The three authors thought that Lynda Sandoval's voice was a good fit, and invited her to join them.

"Well, for me it's not so much how Latinos are portrayed in the media. It's more that there is not enough representation outside of the stereotypes," Sandoval said. "The truth is, with all ethnicities, we're more alike than different. We love the same, we laugh the same, we cry the same, and we strive for similar goals."

"Our stories are universal," Platas said. "Everyone has issues with family, dating and marriage, money, dreams, hopes. By making our heroines Latinas, we give our readers a familiar face, someone to identify with more closely."

About Mary Castillo:
Mary Castillo is the author of two novels, In Between Men and Hot Tamara. Her website is www.marycastillo.com.




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