Friday, January 17, 2020

PURSUING A BETTER TOMORROW | by Blanca De La Rosa #Memoir #AuthorInterview #Giveaway #RABT

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Date Published September 2019
Publisher: Angels Fortune Editions

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Although her origins are in Nocedo del Valle, an agricultural village in Orense, a province of Galicia, Spain, Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic in the bosom of a humble family. But fate had something else in store for her.

Pursuing a Better Tomorrow is not just a novel that portrays the history of three generations, but rather an inspiring cross-generational journey from Spain to the United States. The novel details a historical overview and the ideologies of each era where the characters portray the strength of character required to achieve a better tomorrow given the twists, turns, and synchronistic events that shaped their lives.

De La Rosa candidly shares her coming-of-age story of self-discovery as she transitioned from New York City’s projects to corporate America, detailing her personal and professional journey.

This great novel will inspire you to believe in your abilities, dare to dream, and reach for your goals as you pursue a better tomorrow.

Are you ready to embark on this journey?

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Author Interview

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? Writing can be a career for some. However, for me writing (creative writing) is a passion. When I write, I feel like I’m creating something. The process consumes my entire life and consumes everything around me. In fact, while writing Pursuing a Better Tomorrow, I got so engrossed in the process that I became extremely insular. I rarely venture outside and the “real world” took a back seat to my writing. As a result, I put on twenty pounds. I did not notice the extra weight until after the book was done. I referred to the extra pounds as ‘book weight’.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? My personal story was the hardest to write as I struggled with what to include/exclude. I did not want to offend anyone or come off as a drama queen.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? Yes. I had a former coworker read the manuscript and give me feedback on the English version. After I translated into Spanish, I had a young lady from Colombia read the Spanish version and give me her input.

#4 – What is next for your writing? I will be definitely writing another book but have not yet landed on the genre or topic. I’m mulling over some ideas in my head. I have started a ‘Words to Live By’ short stories in which I use old clichés and pair them with a short story that gets to the wisdom and message of the phrase. I may use these stories in a blog and see how it develops from there. Editors hate clichés and I agree they have no business in a novel, but I love clichés. They are succinct and get to the heart of the matter and point.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I always have a book that I’m working my way through. I’m currently reading Rachel Maddow’s Blow Out. 

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: Inspiring story of overcoming adversity and never giving up – amazingly detailed with a gripping narrative.

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3? - iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Both but primarily eBook

About the Author

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Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up in the Projects of the upper west side of Manhattan in New York, during the time before the Hispanic population developed the supportive Latino community which exists today. Although she struggled without support in her cultural and linguistic transition, De La Rosa was able to graduate from Pace University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and to establish a successful 34-year career rising through the ranks of Mobil/ExxonMobil Oil Corporation.

During her career, she held numerous positions both domestic and international in nature with increasing responsibility. These assignments took her around the United States, Europe, Central / South America, and Nigeria.

De La Rosa retired from ExxonMobil after 34 years of service. As a Business Development Manager and President of the company’s Employee Resource Group she often represented her company as lead presenter at the Regional and National Scholarship Awards hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. In addition, she represented her company as host, keynote speaker, and panelist of various events with organizations supported by the company's charity foundation. After all her time in the industry, she says her most rewarding role was serving as mentor to the young employees in her company – guiding them through the corporate maze.

De La Rosa has authored two books: Empower Yourself for an Amazing Career in which she shares career advice drawing heavily from her own successes offering a fresh approach and insight on climbing the corporate ladder, combining practical, common-sense advice with inner wisdom and spirituality, providing strategies to increase the chances of success in the workplace; and Pursuing a Better Tomorrow – En busca de un mañana mejor, spanning more than one hundred years, it is not just a memoir that portrays the history of three generations, but rather an inspiring cross-generational journey from Spain to the US.

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