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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best sellers are my translations of La Dame aux Camelias and Madam Bovary

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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Sunday, March 13, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Marciano Guerrero (Part 3 of 20)

Norman Mailer, Miami Book Fair International, 1988Image via Wikipedia

Moments of Epiphany in a Writer’s Life
Life during my pre-teen years in my sleepy town where I was born, rolled along as tranquil and inexorable as the river and the brooks that encircled and traversed my parents’ lands. During certain parts of the year the melting snows from the Andes would cause the river to grow and roar like an enraged beast, the infernal din becoming louder at night. Frightened and half asleep, on those nights, I would beg my parents to let me sleep with them.

To make me understand the degrees of noise and energy that we find in nature, my father, in a casual manner once said to me, “The noise of the river is nothing compared to the surf of the sea.” I could only imagine the sea, for I had never seen it. Yet I had a child’s idea of the immensity of the seas and oceans since I used to devour Emilio Salgari’s adventure stories and Rafael Sabatini's tales of pirates, buccaneers, swashbucklers, scoundrels, and corrupt officials.

I was but a mere lad of five or six years of age when for the first time I saw the sea. Such an eyeful left me startled, paralyzed, catatonic-like. Words, books, magazines, and films were no substitute for the majesty of the sea with its lapping white foam darkening the sandy beach. Now that I am in my golden years, I can still recall and replay in my mind that magic moment, a moment of revelation that Rudolf Otto (German Philosopher) calls a mysterium tremendum, where the holly meets the human. Without entering in philosophical speculations, and with the simplicity of a writer that uses simple words, I will just say that such experience was but a moment of epiphany.

Writers —says James Joyce in his Ulysses— must grasp and grab those evanescent moments of spiritual revelation—moments of epiphany. These moments if not clearly discerned and stowed away will blend and disappear into the ordinary. Sometimes, these moments reach us as what may seem visual and auditory hallucinations. On his way to Damascus, Saint Paul found himself surrounded by a mysterious light from which a voice asked him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" That moment of epiphany changed Paul’s life. Likewise, Saint Augustine in his Confessions tells us of God’s command to him to “Take up and read; Take up and read,” and realize his sinful ways and change.

One day I ran into something that Norman Mailer said in an interview: “But I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood … Some years ago I was asked by a magazine what were the ten most important books in my development. The book I listed first was Captain Blood.”

How extraordinary! I wasn’t the only child who had been formed by that fabulous writer of my childhood: Rafael Sabatini! Gratified and happy that a famous writer like Norman Mailer would pay homage to Sabatini's Captain Blood, I ran to my local bookstore and purchased a copy of the mentioned novel. “I wonder if the magic is gone,” I thought, bracing myself to inglorious disappointment: “Now that I am reading the novel with eyes fraught with a lifetime of reading, learning, and experience.” In one sitting I re-read the entire novel. Not a single page, paragraph, phrase, clause, or sentence disappointed me.

With time on my hands, a few days later I once again picked up the novel. I wanted to see what, where, and how a master writer could hold a reader by the hand and not let him go until the last page is read. My conclusion was another moment of epiphany: It isn’t what a writer writes about —in Captain Blood about pirates and fights— but how the writer tells the story.

How did then Rafael Sabatini enchant his readers? He did it by his masterful use of the English language. He knew his grammar, syntax, and rhetoric. Grammar supplied him with an infinite variety of sentence openers. Syntax equipped him with a vision to see when to wisely alter the order of sentences. Rhetoric filled his mind with hundreds of figures of thought and speech.

Over the years I have developed a special fondness for Rafael Sabatini, Joseph Conrad, and Vladimir Nabokov; three masters of the English language who wrote not in their native language but in their acquired one: English. Speaking a second language well is no easy enterprise by any means; writing a second language well is is not only difficult, but often an impossible task for many. So, encouraged and inspired by these three writers, I continue to defy the impossible: to write English well. By paying attention to their techniques and style, I challenge myself to become a serious writer of English prose.

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers. When I write fiction --or fiction writing of novels and short stories-- I consult Toolbox for Writers.

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