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With authors Jeff Rivera and Alethea Pascascio

Jeff Rivera Alethea Pascascio
Jeff Rivera, left. Alethea Pascascio, right.


What happens to newly published writers as their careers take hold? This week we catch up with two Writing Show guests, authors Jeff Rivera and Alethea Pascascio, and find out how things are going one year later.

First-time novelist Jeff Rivera never set out to change the face of urban publishing when he first wrote his Latino-themed debut novel Forever My Lady. Originally self-published, the novel quickly swept the underground Latino circuit and found a niche market others simply had ignored. To date the novel has been read by more than 13,000 people and has been adopted as part of reading programs by teachers nationwide.

Once homeless and living in his car, Jeff writes passionate stories of those often forgotten and neglected by society. He believes even in the eyes of a gang member, even beneath the soiled clothes of a bag lady or behind the tears of a lonely kid in the back of the class, there lies a common thread that links us all: the universal human story. His personal mission is to help change the way the world thinks in a positive way through his stories.

Alethea Pascascio's motto is "Your life is not about you. It's about using your experiences to help others." Out of this belief came her first two books, the best-selling self-help novel Bag Lady and nonfiction title, Help Wanted: A Woman's Guide to Strategically Position Men In Her Life.

In addition to her writing accomplishments, Alethea is a much sought-after speaker, sharing her knowledge of forgiveness, relationships, and the self-publishing industry with audiences across the U.S.

In these two fascinating updates, we'll talk about:

  • How Jeff got his agent
  • How he was picked up by a major publisher
  • How Forever My Lady is igniting interest in the show biz and media communities
  • Why Alethea followed Bag Lady with a self-help title
  • How her advice is being received by readers
  • How an engineer is making the transition to self-help guru.

Interviewees: Jeff Rivera and Alethea Pascascio
Host: Paula B.
Date: October 21, 2007
Running time: 51:43
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: G
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