The Cuban Chronicles: A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance

Wanda St.Hilaire

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Synopsis: In the infancy of Cuba’s tourism, Wanda St.Hilaire takes a trip to the tiny island. In spite of her love of all things Latin, she puts herself on a travel ban to Castro’s Cuba, one that lasts twenty years. When she is forced to cancel a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico at the last minute, she finds herself in Cuba twice, on back-to-back trips. Walking into the backstreets of Havana, eyes wide open, she finds herself pulled into a dalliance with a charismatic cubano. Underneath the façade of Cuba’s tourism lies the desperation of a society living mostly in abject poverty. When tourists mingle with locals, we get a glimpse of what underlies the frivolity of Cuban entanglements. St.Hilaire speaks with an authentic voice and doesn’t mince words; she recounts her own activities, emotions, and opinions with refreshing honesty. With each solo adventure, the author reaches a deeper understanding of human nature and the world. At the same time, she conducts a journey of self-discovery, learning about her own entrenched beliefs, biases, and blemishes.

From the Author: Wanda St.Hilaire

The Cuban Chronicles, A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance

* Why did you decide to write this book?

As a true Sagittarian wanderer, I have had many adventures in different parts of the world. While in Cuba, I was outlining a travel memoir about a love affair with a Frenchman I'd met in Portugal. At the same time, I was chronicling my adventures, thoughts and observations in a typical letter to a cherished friend in Paris.

After meeting a charming Cuban journalist on the streets of Havana, the letter grew. I dubbed it The Cuban Chronicles. Other friends wanted to read the letter and begged for more.

"Turn it into a book!" they'd implore.

"If my second trip holds enough material, I'll do it," I promised. And it did.

* Do you have any secret writing tips you'd like to share?

I can procrastinate with the best of them. For many years, I had the excuse of my busy sales position. How could I possibly switch every day from left brain to right brain under the pressures of a hectic job that took me all over the province?

A couple of tips that worked well for me was firstly, to set aside the time each day, no excuses. I went to my local Second Cup each morning for my latte and I wrote, no matter my mood, my schedule, or my inspiration level.

The second tip is to use holiday time to go away and get into "The Zone." I am fortunate that I can and like to travel alone. This affords me the luxury of clearing my mind and easing the monkey mind (the incessant chatter). I utilize my vacations in places I love for the really creative part of my writing.

* Have you ever battled writer's block? How do you deal with it?

Even if I feel like hell, I can always work on some part of the book. Maybe I do a little online research, maybe organize the structure, or maybe just put pen to paper and jot random ideas down in a journal.

* What's your favorite quote?

Well-behaved women seldom make history. - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

* Who inspires you the most?

Ernest Hemingway is my hero, a master gypsy-rogue. In spite of harsh criticism, he lived life on his own terms. His life, more than his books, have influenced me.

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