My Favorite Writer and Empowerment by Marina Peralta
I love a story with an amazing heroine. There is something to be admired about authors whose protagonists are strong females to which I always feel a connection. My favorite author is Isabel Allende. She is a writer of Latin American “magical realism”. In most of her books love, desire, and passion between men and women are the main ingredient. She is a vivid and master storyteller, a writer whose powerful voice conveys an extraordinary passion and depth. Her books are literary jewels that I cannot put down until I finish.
This is evident in Allende’s book Island Beneath the Sea a historical novel set in Haiti in the late 1700s about the fortunes, tragedies, and horrors of slavery. Her female protagonists are strong and passionate women capable of great determination. The author describes the vitality of female energy with such conviction that I felt a personal connection her characters.
Isabel Allende’s second memoir The Sum of Our Days is highly entertaining. And her book, Paula—a story about Allende’s daughter who died—is humorous, warm and full of life, quite like the author.
I admire Isabel Allende’s discipline. She holds to a methodical literary routine which, in my profession as a psychotherapist, I can relate to. We have to be consistent and constant in our work. This may be the reason why she can write multi-layered, widely researched books that require a voluminous amount of dedication.
True to magical realism, I also believe in Destiny. I truly believe that events that happen in life that are out of our control are opportunities for learning and growth. I can also relate to her in that we are both Latin Americans: her roots are in Chile while mine are in Mexico. We have both lived in the US for many years, but we still have retained our Latin flavor in life and in writing.
Allende’s protagonists are vivid and full of life and truth. Like so many other women, I am empowered by many fictional women but I am also empowered by the woman that stares back at me when I look in the mirror. That empowerment should not just be derived from the characters in the stories we read but from the lives in which each reader leads.
Marina Peralta was born in Mexico City, Mexico where she studied at Colegio Tepeyac. She attained her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University and her Masters from National University. She has lived in Mexico City, San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles. She is a well-regarded psychotherapist practicing for over 20 years, specializing in family counseling and abused children. Marina also owned two successful dance schools for 20 years where she taught her passion for dancing. For more information please visit http://www.barrierstolove.com/ . Follow her on Twitter @Barrierstolove or like Her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marina-Peralta/328267607310158.
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