Funday Friday: New Author – César Luis Baquerizo

Hello Friends and Happy Valentines Day Weekend!

We hope your weekend is full of whatever it is that you love, whether you love the holiday or hate the holiday. We're going to send you in to day with two author short stories tomorrow. Our theme of the month for author writing prompts was Love, and our author family has been writing away. We saved them just for Valentine's Day as our little present of love to you!

Now get ready to meet our newest author, César Luis Baquerizo!

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César Luis Baquerizo hails from Ecuador and his novel, A Safe Place With You,  will debut in June of 2016. We were lucky to pick up the English translation rights after his initial print in Spanish.

His book is an LGBT piece that explores life in a country where LGBT is far from accepted, in a time when it was still hush-hush around the world. We read his manuscript, we loved it, and we're still trying to figure out how to talk to you about it without spoiling the reading opportunity!

We are certainly bless with the authors that have come our way and we've been fortunate to work with. César is another author who embodies that tenacious drive and fierce desire to succeed carried by our author family. He was persistent and approachable, friendly but strong. He knew what he wanted, and he's already well into the steps of getting there.

A Safe Place With You has been getting strong attentionand opened up discussions with a variety of different media and review sources. It just needed to be brought to the readers in English. We are so thankful to have met César, and we think his story will surprise you, and make you fall in love with him like we did.  He is anything but ordinary, and he is the perfect addition to our family of stand out authors.

Read more about this Ecuadorian dynamo straight from his own mouth via his bio:

He was born on Sunday April 6, 1986 in the warmest, largest, and the most populous city  Ecuador - Guayaquil (the middle of the world).

During birth, he suffered a condition that impaired his ability to breathe. He had a high risk of dying from a nasal obstruction. His grandparents paid for an expensive operation that brought him to the USA on his 3rd day of life. The operation was performed by the surgeon Eric M. Kraus at The Ear Center of Greensboro,P.A. Thanks to him, he survived.

After the operation, he suffered a high % loss audition. When he was 4 years old his parents took him to Buenos Aires where he received special language classes at  the Instituto Oral Modelo (IOM) and successfully developed his speech and understanding in Spanish and English. Also, at that age, he started to use his hearing aids.

During his teens he went through an internal conflict of his sexual identity in a society where homosexualty was often showered with discrimination and rejection. Thanks to God, the courage, bravery, and inspiration of Ellen Degeneres to come out in public, and discovering the politician Harvey Milk, he managed to fight the constant struggle to find, discover and especially to know what he is: a human.

Since he was a little boy he used to write stories as a hobby and to escape from reality. He dreamed one day to publish his own book and to inspire others. After all he went through, he always wanted to have the opportunity to inspire, give good examples for others, and to help, to give a hand in some way to make a huge difference. Because of these desires, he had the courage to make his dream come true. He wrote and published his novel, A Safe Place With You (Un Lugar Seguro Contigo)  in the 1st spanish edition in Ecuador.

Before he started his new path career as an author, he worked in different  jobs. He worked as a real estate sales executive, as a graphic and web designer, as a waiter, as a product seller, as a customer service, as an administrative assistant, as a human resources assistant in a bank and in an insurance company.

He gained a lot of jobs experiences but he needed to accomplish his dreams.

As every dreamer out there, He always wanted to make something different. To do something special. To have something meaningful and to share it to the world. Now he has it with his book; A Safe Place with You.

After the great and unexpected journey to success with his book in Ecuador, he decided to follow his others dreams to make it published in the USA. He traveled to New York, L.A,. and Texas  to make connections in the international publishing world.

After 3 years of fighting, of so many rejections, trying so hard, struggling financing and emotionally to keep his dream 100% alive and taking chances and risk in everything, finally he found the right publishing house in the US.

He wants and expects his book, A Safe Place with You, to give a positive effect for the  people GLBTIQ to inspire them to keep their courage and empower alive. Specially to help the people with examples stories about his community to widen their perspective about their existence and to stop the discrimination and prejudiced through his words and characters.