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Olivia Castillo Author Interview

Daughter of the Boricua follows a young Puerto Rican woman whose family is cursed, and they must rely on each other to work through the challenges the curse brings. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration is my own family. I come from a long line of strong and powerful matriarchs and an interesting lineage. I am directly related to Hernán Cortés and Isabella Moctezuma.

I heard many stories growing up about hardships and racism they faced so my books are loosely based on real experiences and stories.

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing or did the character’s personalities grow organically as you were writing?

I allowed my characters to grow organically. I had a very loose outline but tried to be true to each character and what I believed their values were.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to talk about taboo subjects such as sexual exploitation of women, abuse, racism and slavery. I wanted to understand the indigenous and conqueror’s point of view and explore generational curses real and imaginary.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I will be working on the last book in the trilogy Songs of the Boricua and anticipate it being completed fall of 2024.

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The clouds above were dark and ominous. Moctezuma lay there bleeding, tears rolling down his swollen, bloodstained face. He thought of his firstborn, Isabella, at the mercy of the murderer of his people, Hernán Cortés, and it made him tremble with anger and loss. In a last act of defiance, Moctezuma murmured his revenge:

”Oh, powerful god, I ask you to avenge my people. I ask that the next daughter of Hernán Cortés and her seed be cursed.”

With that, he closed his eyes, and destiny was set in the stars above him.

Daughter of the Boricua continues the saga of the award-winning book, Song of the Boricua, and follows the story of Puerto Rico, told through the lives of three generations of women.

Liani; a Taino torn between her loyalty to her people and her love for a Spanish officer.

Isabella; direct descendent of Aztec princess Isabella Moctezuma, cursed as her grandmother was.

Josephine; daughter of Isabella, afraid to love, but finding herself caught between love or career.

Are they cursed? Will they succeed or will their lives converge and end with the storm of the century?

Daughter of the Boricua

When a father lies on his deathbed, witnessing the Spanish invasion of his land, he thinks of his firstborn Isabella and decides to protect his people by calling out for the gods to curse the man who brought these horrors onto his family; Hernán Cortés. In return, the gods granted his wish to all of Hernán’s daughters and their daughters after that. Isabella had the same goal and, to honor her father’s death, seduced Hernán into her bed in order to make sure they had a child.

With Isabella now intertwining the curse with her own bloodline, we follow the story of three generations dealing with a curse said to be unbreakable.

Author Olivia Castillo can capture any reader within the first paragraph of this story. She writes with such vivid detail that I could not put down the book, as all I wanted to do was keep reading. I was immersed in the story, and even though it kept surprising me, I felt a sense of familiarity, which made it so much more enjoyable to read! Readers will be able to experience the culture of the Puerto Rican people through Castillo’s writing.

Olivia shows a great understanding of character and worldbuilding. We get to hear the history of the curse, the way generations have dealt with it, and how such different protagonists lived their lives despite it. The deep connection of family that is important in this culture shines through. Even cursed, they manage to support each other and lean on the generations past to move forward.

Even if you have no ties to Puerto Rico, by the end of this story, you will feel like you grew up there and have lived through it all. Daughter of the Boricua, book two of the Song of the Boricua series, continues this heartfelt women’s saga. Readers of historical romance will be enraptured with the stories of these women, and those that enjoy following family sagas across generations will not be able to put this book down while waiting for the third book in the series.

Pages: 291 | ASIN: B09YLBXM2Z

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