Juliana & Aimée~Holy Cross Abbey 40th High School Reunion, Cañon City, CO 2015

The Genesis of River of Love

Seven years ago while visiting my hometown of Canon City, Colorado, I got the inspiration to write about growing up there. My attempts went nowhere until I heard Sandra Cisneros’ interview on NPR. She talked about how being Chicana and having to live in two worlds switching from our Mexican culture to a white world. I called my sister Juliana Aragón Fatula who is a published poet and invited her to come to Dillon Beach in Northern California for a writing workshop the following summer.

We spent two heavenly weeks at the beach writing, editing and reading old notes we wrote to each other in junior high and high school. I wrote my first 50 pages of River of Love; she helped me push past my fear of writing.

This photo is from the Abbey School’s 40th high school reunion. Even though it was an all-boys parochial Catholic school, we were “townies” that hung out and participated in plays. I attended Mary Nevin’s Humanities class which I write about in River of Love.

We made friendships and memories that make us who we are. My book will be published by Homebound Publications on September 24, 2019. It will immerse you in the world of two brown girls growing up in the shadow of the 1960s.

Dillon Beach California ~ 2014

Juli & Me at Dillon's beach




I believe that faith might be precisely an ability to trust The River, the flow, and The Lover. ~ Richard Rohr

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