About Unique In America: Raised by her divorced, self-sufficient mother, Yanique is seen as a privileged kid by her townsfolk of Cap-Haitian, Haiti. At home, she endures the wrath of her mother, who sees her daughter as the obstacle to her new life with her boyfriend, Julio. Still Yanique follows her mother’s main advice—to obtain a college degree. By marrying Brunel Michel, she materializes her plan of a conventional family. They immigrate to the United States, and together they struggle to succeed in their new country. Then Brunel dies of cancer. Left alone in the harsh, unwelcoming environment reserved for immigrants, Yanique fights to build a future for her daughters while she faces what she fears the most: single motherhood. Will Yanique commit the mistakes for which she reproaches her mother? Or will she catch herself in time to avert those mistakes? What will she sacrifice to hold on to the promises she made not to abuse her children?
Yanique leads us on a deeply personal and emotional journey, one where maturity, loss, guilt, accountability, acceptance, and hope are explored through her life’s circumstances—and one that will resonate with readers as they see themselves in Yanique’s story.
1. What inspired you to write this book? The misconception money can make you happy. I was a privileged kid. People in my hometown assumed I had no problems and was happy. The struggles I fought during my journey as an immigrant in America.
2. Who should read it and why? Readers interested in the challenges of motherhood and those intrigued by the intricacies of the immigrant journey.
3. How is it better or different from others in its genre? In my book you find SURVIVAL: the constant struggle to create a space where one could grow and find contentment. There is also WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: when women are giving opportunities they can perform as well as men. RESILIENCE: the will to try, to take chances after failing. HONESTY: the choice not to get involve in profitable, unlawful deals.
4. What challenges did you overcome to write your book? I had to convince myself that it was worth telling my story. Then after writing the first manuscript I realized that all I did was taking my revenge by presenting my mom as a bad person and myself as an angel. So I had to rewrite the book.
5. What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left after consuming your book? A message of optimism: to never give up and keep trying. Also we must learn to forgive and appreciate the efforts parents and relatives made to create a path for us. Love prevails.
6. What advice do you have for struggling writers? My advice to them is to keep writing. Only by writing can they better their craft and also produce material to present and sustain their claim that they are writers. Use any negative review to their advantage by applying the reviews/critiques to correct their text.
7. Where do you see the book publishing industry heading? Traditional publishing is a space crowded with books written by politicians and famous people. So the self-publishing market will continue to grow.
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