I’m not one of those people.
Serial killers, depravity, warped sensibilities, scary people… If I’m being honest, I don’t like seeing the dark and twisted side of things. The dichotomy between the extremes of dark suspense and happily ever after, while highlighting the importance of love and the renewing spirit of humanity, still illustrates the evil that permeates our everyday lives, even on the periphery. It can be so disturbing that it sucks the happiness right out of me. I begin to fear who lives next door, wonder if there’s a lunatic watching my kids’ schools, worry that something dark and awful will befall someone I love.
I don’t like those feelings. At all.
Enter Lola Cruz. She’s a black belt in kung fun, a detective who sees bad things happen in her job. But she believes in love, is sassy, sexy, and smart. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. Writing Lola inspires me, and helps me see that darkness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. She gives me a unique lens to view life through and I love it! From the looks of it (4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews, and sparkling reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist) http://misaramirez.com/the-countdown-is-on/, I’m not alone.
I know evil exists. I know misfortune exists. I’ve been touched by it. What I’ve found, as I grow older, is that I don’t particularly like being reminded of it in the books I read. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t live with my head buried in the sand. I’m socially conscious, believe in serving, and put myself out there to help and be part of the world around me. I work hard to emphasize social awareness and servitude to my kids so that they understand the lottery they won by being born in the United States, the privilege they live with, and the fact that they are blessed in a world where not everyone is so fortunate.
One thing that every human wants is love. That’s why the Lola Cruz Mystery Series has love as a key ingredient. It’s equal parts mystery and romance, and love and romance, after all, make the world go round.
Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (February 2, 2010) from St. Martin’s Minotaur. A former middle and high school teacher, and current CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women’s fiction novel, has developed a middle grade series, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children’s book published.