Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Mexico and Chiapas

My third novel is set in Mexico. It's the story of Selena, a young woman from the state of Chiapas, and her journey to find love  The novel travels to places in Mexico, introducing readers to Mexican food, songs and literature, folklore and history. It also travels to North America, South America and East Asia. This novel is written also for the 120 million Mexicans and 35 million American Mexicans. Welcome to Mexico.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico
www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Q6a1ACYUc

There are many flights in the novel, many on AeroMexico
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUuH3KOUDGU

Selena lives with her family in Chiapas, the southernmost state in Mexico. Welcome to Chiapas, part of the Maya homeland.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiapas
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDg3axrjtpU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxqnPi73aME

She is from the Maya people 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=86F10IrvVus
and in my mind she can look like this young woman from Chiapas
http://nvi.mx/miss-earth-chiapas-2014/
http://nvi.mx/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SOCIEDAD-2_redimensionar10.jpg

and has the picture of Juana Ines de la Crus on her desk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV7-lkJTnoU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_e48zsTURI

Chiapas is home to the famous Maya ruins, Palenque.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA2EeLHy6jA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GGzCBmQ91c
Watch the beautiful dresses and women in Palenque Festival
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvjZr1s1C-8

And it is known for its coffee. Here is the route of Cafe.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXoyyLXNU_Y

and for its Marimba Music
www.youtube.com/watch?v=suoTnCejMAo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1w47_DR2kY

She lives near the city of Tapachula.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapachula,_Chiapas
watch below Scotiabank at 0.20, it's part of the story
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXV_un9wV9Y
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzY2pcBN50o
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc2sEN8d_3U

Selena  is a Chiapanecas dancer.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVeSNLkmbGs

And she reads poems and novels by Mexican authors like Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes,  Laura Esquivel and Jennifer Clement. She follows the quotes "Deserve your Dream" by Octavio Paz, and "For me, love is the most important force. It moves the universe" by Laura Esquivel. Famous poets who were born and grew up in Chiapas are Jamie Sabines and Rosario Castellanos.

And she likes to eat the Chicatanas (flying ants).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWyR5UETH9g

She goes to the beach of Puerto Madero (Puerto Chiapas) which is walking distance to her home, and watches the cruise ships coming and going
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfKJkD02-Qs

She takes her guests to visit the Aqua Azul Waterfalls
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKGrCElqD5k
the city of San Cristobal
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAzJ2lSHj8E
and Chiapa's biggest city, Tuxtla Gutierrez
www.youtube.com/watch?v=va_PWI13WVo

She goes to the Suchiate River running between Chiapas and Guatemala. Guatemala is also part of the Maya homeland.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryYwNbtesoE
and listens to this song from Guatemala
www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cCPQVPv8o
and to the song by Reyli Barba who was born in Chiapas.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUinZg5MC5U

Meet the dogs of Mexico in my novel
http://dogingtonpost.com/meet-the-dogs-of-mexico/#.UrI_NVfNmSp

I write my novel while listening to wonderful Mexican and Mexican-American songs.

Priscila Romero from Los Angeles
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnyNIhOMZk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j2HH2A1pH8
Jesus Adrian Romero (that's how Selena celebrated her Quinceanera of being 15) from Sonora and currently in Monterrey
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMATl0X3mMI
and Yuridia and Yahir are also from Sonora
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hyw_lWRjSM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt1DAfbDXus
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9_fIOkHYaM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5oOkhUMFCs

Carla Morrison from Baja Califorina, grew up in the US
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdfik2FRhck
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH4UNbIGviQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bru23vud_c


Zoe modren version to the most famous Mexican song, written in 1940 by teenager Consuelo Velazquez.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSELNSslBVk
and Reik the band from Baja California
www.youtube.com/watch?v=snFhcHHdzT0



My favourite singer, Ana Gabriel from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, now in Miami
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP2q3tiSXyk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeW20PiI5XU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvE-VABrTyk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMa7y-7iFYM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb0Z5pxtd7w
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr6RzMi4L3o



and the late American-Mexican Selena who inspired the name of the heroine.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCczNyVXRZ8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJHGC6PQ9w