I was the fourth child born to Puerto Rican parents in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I was raised in Brooklyn and began to write poetry and short stories in my preteens. By the time I was fourteen I was already drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. After the death of my husband due to drugs, I sought help and recovery for my emotional problems and my addictions. I became a substance abuse counselor and educator two years after treatment and worked in an inpatient facility for people in recovery.
I have been working on my memoirs now for a number of years, which will possibly be completed in another year. However, my collection of survival poetry entitled, Tainted Soul, will follow the publication of The Apple. Tainted Soul is a collection of poems I wrote during my years in treatment and is filled with a great deal of anger and pain. Although my wish was to have Tainted Soul published first, I am proud to release The Apple. Why? Because I had lived a life of depression and deep emotional pain that you will see clearly in Tainted Soul. I had always believed I was incapable of writing anything humorist and was quite surprised when I began to give birth to The Apple. The poems in The Apple are events and personal experiences of my life, my culture and my environment while growing up. I had discovered that in the mist of great pain in my childhood there was also humor, good memories and joy that I could not see before treatment. That is way I am so proud of this collection and happy that it’s the first among my work to be published. It is not intended to offend anyone. So I hope you enjoy it and remember to look for my other books.