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June 20, 2013

Bécquer Rima XXIII ¡en chino!

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June 18, 2013

Bécquer One Year Later

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Fond Memories of Sevilla.

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Un patio de Sevilla.

November 17, 2012

A Crimson Wonderland Blog Hop: A Touch of Fantasy

 

 

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

I love stories. That’s why I read, that’s why I write.

I like my stories the old fashion way. I like them to have a beginning, a middle and an end. A happy ending, thank you very much.

And the stories I like best are those that have a touch of fantasy.

No surprise then that Two Moon Princess, the first book I wrote, takes place in an imagined fantasy world. This allowed me to play by my own rules and create a world that fit my fancy. And I enjoyed living there so much, I wrote a sequel and then, yet another book in a medieval alternate Spain.

As every writer knows to write the book is just the first step towards publication. The next step is to convince an agent to represent your work.

In real life, it took me a year to get my agent. But while I waited, I started writing a fictionalized account of my struggles. In this parallel world I created Carla, my protagonist, did not have to wait so long. In fact, she finds her agent in the first chapter.

But her agent is, she soon finds out, an immortal. The introduction of this paranormal element meant that, once again, rules could be broken and history rewritten. It meant that I could give my favorite poets, Lorca and Becquer who died young, a chance to live again.

And live they do in my latest novel, Immortal Love, taking Carla into their world and into an old blood feud that could cost her what she loves most.

Meet Bécquer.

He’s handsome, well-read, and can get you that book contract you always dreamed about. Never mind that he’s also an immortal and lives on human blood. Why would that matter? Your relationship is strictly business.

Or so you thought.

Until Bécquer’s life is threatened, and you discover that walking away is not an option, because he was hurt while protecting your son, because you are the only one who can save him now, because you care for him.

Welcome to Bécquer’s world.

Please, come inside. He’s waiting for you.

This is my contribution to the Crimson Romance Blog Hop.

Please, leave a comment for a chance to win dozens of giveaways and 3 grand prizes: One Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $100!!! And two gift certificates for $50 each!!

To get more chances at winning, visit my fellow Crimson Romance authors’ blogs by clicking their name below.

1. Sharon Clare 2. K.M. Jackson
3. Lynn Cahoon 4. Tessa Berkley
5. Black Creek Burning 6. Erin Richards
7. Shay Lacy 8. M. J. Schiller
9. Terri Herman-Ponce 10. Sylvie Fox
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13. Carol Ritten Smith 14. Beth Yarnall
15. Peggy Bird 16. Rowena May O’Sullivan
17. Suzi Love 18. nora snowdon
19. Tara Mills Romance 20. Vristen Pierce
21. Embrace the Shadows 22. Alicia Dean
23. Heather Thurmeier 24. Rena’s Ramblings
25. Dare to Read 26. Denyse Cohen
27. Pam B. Morris Blog 28. Becky Lower Author
29. Nikkie Locke 30. Nicole Flockton
31. Rionna Morgan 32. Elizabeth Boyce
33. Amanda L. V. Shalaby 34. Meline Nadeau
35. Kate Fellowes 36. Lola Karns
37. D’Ann Lindun 38. Jerri Drennen
39. Kristina Knight Romance Author 40. Morgan O’Neill
41. Shelley Wall Blog 42. Holley Trent
43. Karen Sue Burns 44. Patti Shenberger
45. Tamara Gill

September 29, 2012

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: Memoir

My aunt’s house, like most houses in Sevilla at the time, was built around a patio, its walls washed white, an orange tree on a corner and in the middle a running fountain to help fight the unbearable heat that came with summer. And it was sitting on the low ridge of the stone basin I saw Lucrezia for the first time.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in Immortal Love

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La casa, como la mayoría de las casas de Sevilla en aquel año de mil ochocientos cuarenta y siete, estaba construida alrededor de un patio de muros blancos. Recuerdo todavía el naranjo que crecía al fondo y la fuente que ocupaba su centro, cuyas aguas siempre frescas ayudaban a combatir el calor agobiante del verano andaluz.

Y fue allí, sentada al borde de la taza de piedra que rodeaba la fuente, donde vi a Lucrecia por primera vez.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer en Bécquer eterno.

September 21, 2012

Bécquer’s Sevilla

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the Spanish poet that lives on in my paranormal novel Immortal Love, was born in Sevilla, Spain in 1836.

Although the Sevilla he knew is most certainly gone, some of the monuments and houses he saw growing up still remain.

That would be the case of these Roman statues that dominate the neighborhood where his godmother lived. According to one of his friends, the young Gustavo spent many lazy afternoons reading in his godmother’s library.

Outside, as they do now, the two ancient emperors kept watch over the city.

September 17, 2012

Meet Bécquer

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Today my paranormal romance Immortal Love is finally available at Amazon

Please stop by my fellow writer Donna Galanti’s blog and The Ladies in Red to celebrate with me.

But before you leave, I’d like you to meet Immortal Love’s protagonist, the romantic Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and his modern counterpart Ben Barnes.

In a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate their resemblance?

September 11, 2012

My Official Introduction at Ladies in Red

 

 

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

 

Today it’s my official introduction at Ladies in Red, the unofficial gathering of Crimson Romance authors.

Please come visit and stay a while with my fellow authors.

My paranormal Romance, Immortal Love, will be released on September 17.

Check it out at Amazon.com,both in English and Spanish.

August 20, 2012

Rima XXVII Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

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XXVII

Awake, I fear to look ;
Asleep, I dare to see ;
For that, soul of my soul,
I watch the while you sleep.

Awake, you laugh ; and laughing your unquiet lips appear
Like sinuous, crimson meteors upon a sky of snow.
Asleep, a sweet smile gently curls the corners of your
mouth.
Soft as the track effulgent of the swiftly dying sun ;

Sleep ! Sleep!
Awake, you look ; and looking your moist eyes resplendent
shine
Like a wave, whose crest is smitten by a jav’lin of the sun.
Asleep, across your eye-lids you send forth a tranquil
sheen.
Like a lamp transparent, shedding even rays of tempered
light ;—
Sleep ! Sleep !

Awake, you speak ; and speaking, all your vibrant words
appear
Like a show’r “of pearls in torrents pour’d into a golden
cup.

Asleep, in ev’ry murmur of your soft and measured
breath
I listen to a poem, which my soul enamour’d hears ;

Sleep ! Sleep!
On my heart IVe placed my hand
Lest its beating should be heard,
Lest discordant it should sound
On the solemn chord of night.
I have closed the jalousies
Lest that roysterer, the dawn,
With his glaring robe of light
Should awake you from your dreams;
Sleep ! Sleep !

Translation into English by Mason Carnes, 1891

August 14, 2012

Interview Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

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As I promised to my fellow writer and friend, Sandra Carey Cody, here is the translation into English of my interview published in El Progreso, my hometown newspaper.

Have questions? Please ask.

Why Bécquer?

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is the most romantic of the Spanish writers, maybe the only one among them who was a real romantic.

Bécquer was a dreamer who lived two lives, his everyday life and the one he imagined peopled with beautiful faeries and doomed lovers.

His real life was rather sad. He lost both parents when he was a child, he acquired a chronic illness in his youth, he was rejected by his great love and all his life, he fought and failed to be recognized as a poet.

The only existing manuscript containing the poems he had written throughout his life was lost in 1868 during the Revolution that overthrew Queen Isabel II, and although he rewrote the poems from memory, the collection was only published after his death.

In all the biographies I read about Bécquer, he was portrayed as gentle and simple, honest and brave. He seemed the kind of person I would have very much liked to meet. That’s why I chose him as the protagonist of my novel.

Apart from the work of the eternal poet and writer, what was the inspiration for your novel Immortal Love?

The answer that first come to my mind is Lorca because Federico García Lorca is another character in my story. Why did I choose him? Because his death was a tragedy I would have liked to prevent not only because he was a most remarkable human being but also because he was killed when he was at the height of his creativity.

Lorca, for what I could gather from his biographies and the testimonies of those who met him, was a happy, enthusiastic person, full of life who was always the center of attention. Who wouldn’t have wanted to meet him?

The inspiration for the setting in Immortal Love was Bucks County, PA where I live.

In Spanish, the title of your book is Bécquer Eternal, would you like Bécquer to be immortal?

Absolutely. And I am not the only one.

When this past June, I visited in Sevilla the Exhibit about Bécquer, Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte (http://youtu.be/73wEJDhKONo), I met Pilar Alcalá (the literary director of the exhibit) and some of the talented artists whose works were in the exhibit. I am certain all of them share my wish that the immortal Bécquer I created in my novel were real.

Was it easy for you to combine these two so different times, the time of the nineteenth century author and the present?

Immortal Love takes place in our time. Although to create the character of Bécquer I also had to imagine his past. Thus, I do have in my mind his whole story and know how he became an immortal. I included only a small part of this story in Immortal love. I hope one day I have the time to write down his complete story.

Bécquer died on December 22, and on the same day there was a solar eclipse, do you believe in coincidences?

Even more interesting is the fact that Bécquer died in Madrid and the solar eclipse was in Sevilla, the city where he was born. As for your question, no, I don’t believe in coincidences. I don’t believe in witches either, but they exist regardless.

Bécquer was a romantic, and you?
Totally. Like Bécquer, I live in two worlds, the everyday world and the one I create in my stories. Without this second life that takes place in my mind, I would find it very hard to live.

You were born in Lugo, how did you end up in the United States?

My ex-husband was from the States. I met him in California during my postdoctoral stay there. Although we lived in Spain for a while and considered staying for good we returned to the States after three years. My marriage ended in divorce, but we had two children by then and that forced me to remain in the States.

What do you most miss from Galicia?

My family, my friends, the food, the land, the language, even the rain. Everything, I guess. This longing that is an intrinsic characteristic in all of us born in Galicia and that Rosalía de Castro described so well in her poems and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester in his novels, is always with me.

Maybe it’s for this reason that my YA story, Two Moon Princess, takes place in a medieval world whose geography, and even names, I took directly from Galicia.

You were in Lugo this past June, are are you going to spend your summer vacation?

My stay in Spain was my summer vacation. I first went to Sevilla to see the Exhibit about Bécquer (Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte) and then I visited family and friends in Vigo and Lugo.

Which books do you recommend this summer?

Rhymes and Legends by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca.

I believe everybody who went to school in a Spanish speaking country remembers Bécquer’s Rhymes and Legends for they were obligatory reading. But, at least in my case, a reading from an adult perspective, unveiled a magnificence in his use of words and a deeper meaning I had missed then.

Bécquer was also a good painter. Even as a writer, he uses words as a painter would ink and colors, leaving, with his descriptions a most complete picture in our minds.

Here is an example. A description of the Madrid he knew when, without money or support from family, he arrived in the Spanish capital looking for fortune. He does not only paint a picture in our minds with his words, but transmits a feeling of profound despair as well.

“Madrid wrapped in a light mist, through whose broken shreds chimneys, attics, bell towers and the naked branches of the trees raise their dark crests. Madrid dirty, black, ugly like a gaunt skeleton shivering under an immense shroud of snow.” G.A. Bécquer. Review of the La Soledad by Augusto Ferrán, El Contemporáneo, Madrid January 20, 1861.

As for the book Poet in New York, I only want to mention that Lorca wrote it after witnessing the collapse of the stock market, during his stay in New York in 1929. His reaction at seeing the consequences of the extreme greed of a capitalistic society at his worse could not be more current.

This book also include the poem Take this Waltz, that Leonard Cohen translated into English and sang as a beautiful ballad. (http://goo.gl/dcpGj)

To finish our interview, could you tell us about the best summer of your life?

As the inveterate romantic that I am, I believe the best summer of my life is still to come.

August 8, 2012

Mi entrevista este verano en El Progreso / My Interview in the Spanish Newspaper El Progreso

Pensé que a mis amigos de habla hispana les podría interesar esta entrevista que Olalla González Lama me hizo para el periódico de mi ciudad natal, Lugo.

Si están interesados pueden leer el texto completo debajo del artículo.

  • ¿Por qué Bécquer?

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer es el más romántico de los escritores españoles, quizás el único que lo fue en el sentido real del término. La otra escritora romántica incluida en los libros de texto, Rosalía de Castro, nos ofrece un romanticismo distinto, un romanticismo basado en el amor a la tierra y la morriña que su ausencia nos causa.

Bécquer fue un soñador que vivió dos vidas la que creaba con su imaginación y la suya cotidiana.

Su vida real fue más bien triste. Se quedó huérfano de padres en la niñez, contrajo una enfermedad crónica en su juventud, fue rechazado por su gran amor, y luchó toda su vida por conseguir el éxito literario sin conseguirlo. Su libro de poemas se perdió en 1868 durante la Revolución que depuso a Isabel II y aunque lo reescribió de memoria no fue publicado hasta después de su muerte.

En todas las biografías que leí sobre Bécquer lo retrataban como una persona amable y sencilla, honrada y valiente, una persona a la que me hubiera gustado conocer y por ello lo elegí como protagonista de mi novela.

  • Además de la obra del eterno poeta y narrador, ¿en qué se inspiró para escribir ‘Bécquer eterno’?

La respuesta inmediata es Lorca dado que Federico García Lorca es otro de los personajes de mi historia. ¿Por qué lo elegí? Su muerte fue una tragedia que me hubiera gustado prevenir no solo para evitar su pérdida personal sino también por que murió en la etapa más productiva de su carrera.

Lorca, por lo que se deduce de las biografías y testimonios de los que lo conocieron, era una persona alegre y llena de vida que era el centro de atención doquiera que estaba. ¿Quién no querría haberlo conocido?

En cuanto al sitio en el que se desarrolla la novela, me inspiré en el condado de Bucks en Pensilvania donde vivo.

  • Tituló su obra ‘Bécquer eterno’, ¿le gustaría que fuera inmortal?

Absolutamente. Y no soy la única.

Cuando a finales de junio visité en Sevilla la exposición homenaje a Bécquer, Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte (http://youtu.be/73wEJDhKONo), conocí a la coordinadora literaria, Pilar Alcalá y a algunos de los artistas que contribuyeron con sus obras a la exposición. Estoy segura de que todos ellos comparten mi deseo de que el Bécquer inmortal que creé en mi novela fuera real.

  • ¿Le resultó sencillo aunar estos dos tiempos tan dispares, el del autor decimonónico y el actual?

Bécquer eterno tiene lugar en la época actual. Aunque para entender el personaje de Bécquer imaginé también la historia de cómo se convirtió en un ser inmortal en el siglo XIX, solo la primera página de esa historia aparece en Bécquer eterno, como una entrada en un diario que Bécquer escribe a la protagonista. Algún día espero tener tiempo para completar ese diario.

  • Murió el 22 de diciembre el mismo día de un eclipse de Sol total. ¿Cree en las coincidencias?

Aún más interesante es que Bécquer murió en Madrid y el eclipse de Sol fue en Sevilla, su ciudad natal.

Pero, contestando su pregunta, no, no creo en las coincidencias. Tampoco creo en las meigas, “mais haberlas haylas”.

  • Bécquer era un romántico, ¿y usted?

Totalmente. Como Bécquer, yo vivo en dos mundos, el de la realidad cotidiana y el de mis historias. Sin esta segunda vida de la imaginación, me sería imposible vivir.

  • Usted nació en Lugo, ¿cómo acabó en los EEUU?

Me casé con un americano que conocí en California durante mi estancia postdoctoral. Aunque volvimos a España pensando en quedarnos, regresamos a EEUU tres años después. El matrimonio no duró pero para entonces ya teníamos dos hijos y ellos forzaron el que me quedara a vivir allí.

  • ¿Qué es lo que más echa de menos de Galicia?

Mi familia, mis amigos, la comida, la tierra, la lengua, la lluvia incluso. En fin todo. Esta morriña intrínseca al gallego que tan bien describió Rosalía y que es aparente en las obras de Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, otro de mis escritores favoritos siempre está conmigo.

Quizás por ello mi historia medieval, Two Moon Princess, tienen lugar en una mundo medieval paralelo al nuestro cuya geografía tomé directamente de Galicia.

  • Acaba de estar en Lugo, pero y las vacaciones ¿dónde las va a pasar?

Mi estancia en España fueron mis vacaciones. Como mencioné antes, primero fui a Sevilla a ver la Exposición en homenaje a Bécquer: Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte y después visité familia y amigos en Vigo y Lugo.

  • ¿Qué lectura nos recomienda este verano?

Las Rimas y leyendas de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer y Poeta en Nueva York de Federico García Lorca.

Supongo que todos recordamos las Rimas y leyendas de Bécquer de cuando las leímos en la clase de Literatura. Pero, al menos en mi caso, una nueva lectura desde una perspectiva adulta, me descubrió una belleza en la lengua y un significado en los textos que se me había escapado entonces.

Bécquer era también un buen pintor y la forma en que describe con palabras es increíble. Es como si pintara en nuestra mente lo que está describiendo.

He aquí un ejemplo, una descripción del Madrid que Bécquer conoció cuando, sin dinero y sin apoyo familiar, llegó a la capital en busca de fortuna. No sólo nos transmite una imagen con sus palabras sino también un sentimiento de profunda desesperanza.

“Madrid envuelto en una ligera neblina, por entre cuyos rotos jirones levantaban sus crestas oscuras las chimeneas, las boardillas, los campanarios y las desnudas ramas de los árboles.

“Madrid sucio, negro, feo como un esqueleto descarnado tiritando bajo su inmenso sudario de nieve.” G.A. Bécquer. Reseña a La Soledad de Augusto Ferrán, El Contemporáneo, Madrid 20 de enero de 1861.

En cuanto al libro Poeta en Nueva York solo comentar que Lorca estaba en Nueva York en 1929 cuando la caída de la bolsa. Su descripción de las terribles consecuencias de la avaricia sin límites de un capitalismo extremo no podía ser más actual.

El libro también incluye el poema Pequeño vals vienés que Leonard Cohen canta en inglés en su inolvidable balada Take this Waltz.

  • Y por último, ¿cuál fue el mejor verano de su vida?

Como romántica empedernida que soy, creo que el mejor verano de mi vida no ha pasado todavía.

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