He enjoyed writing, knowing where and when the story would end. He noted that many novelists just start writing as an impulse but have no idea where the story will take them; but he on the other hand already knew the ending, in a more crafted manner adding details here and there as he filled in his outline.
He explained his style of writing: “Do you know how a Chinese cook prepares his food? He has to make sure it can be eaten with chopsticks so he makes his food in small morsels, bite size. They call it page turner—you take the reader in and then out quickly. He builds his story from the storyline.”
When asked what he wanted from writing, he stated he lives comfortably with his advertising agency and still works on some as graphics, but: “It’s the people I meet, that is the best part; when readers share a bond with his work. That is the terrific part of writing, sharing something with meaning.”
He considers himself a Midwestern Latino, who grew up with the Cuban revolution. He wants to influence the dialog on the typical Latino stereotypes. “The media has always portrayed Latinos as maids, bad guys, with no positive or intellectual roles.” He is involved in the social causes of minorities and wants to change the negative stereotypes to show the great diversity of the Latino population. He said there is interest in movie deals with his book on the Latino Rebellion.
“America Libre,” once ridiculed on what seemed to be a highly improbable situation, is under contract negotiations for a movie deal and now not so impossible as both sides of the dichotomy between Latinos and non-Latinos continues to fester in the human scars of this nation. He currently has this class trilogy out with: America Libre, House Divided, and Pancho Land.
He proposes a not-so-distant future where an ex-combat veteran comes back home to a jobless future and the crushing reality of supporting his family with no means available. That mind-set thrust him onto the stage of a full-fledged rebellion on United States soil to create a new Latino Nation.
So what now? Sánchez is working on another novel, a “coming of age,” staged in Miami; it will be a tragic-comedy—a very successful journalist leaves Cuba for the United States but runs into obstacles that in the end force his wife to take a job as a maid in a local hotel. The story goes on to tell of the strength, in surviving with humor.
Sánchez came to Lorain after a talk he gave at Oberlin College. The Ohio Hispanic Heritage Coalition, Marcus Atkinson of 360 Media & Marketing, and Oberlin College held a book-signing at the Charleston Café in downtown Lorain. Sánchez spoke with La Prensa newspaper on how impressed he was with the organized Latino population in Lorain Ohio.
Sánchez is also host to a forum where people involved in the immigration crisis come to tell their story. The author sees the making of wealth as: a matter of prosperity values versus the poverty values. Where the well-to-do make plans on the saving of wealth, growing, investing; and the poverty value that attempts to buy into wealth, spending on status symbols, much less on planning for wealth.
He concludes: “We need to change the values of people with education. It is the attitude that is prevalent in Latino communities of not being able to succeed. There is a lack of higher aspirations and so few role-models for Latinos. There is a huge need for nurturing for young Latinos.”
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