A fresh member of the class of 2K11, Bettina Restrepo is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”.
Bettina Restrepo has made quite a splash onto the literary scene, firstly with her picture book Moose and Magpie, an entertaining and humorous book about the life of a moose. Now this reformed business woman turned author, is creating waves within the YA readership with her debut novel “Illegal”.
Struggling from an early age as to what language she was meant to speak with a Columbian father and German mother, much travelled Bettina, had her first touch of success when coming 2nd in a creative writing contest she thinks because the winner had better penmanship than she did, though her subject “The Teacher Compactor” might have had something to do with her being in the runner-up spot.
Nicknamed “The Pusher” by the 2K11 group for her pushing and refusal to give up attitude, even to perhaps sometimes cheating at board games, Bettina has been called “endearingly weird”, and “Dr. Pepper-coming-out-of your-nose—funny.”… An obvious guest for my show.
During a hugely interesting end entertaining show, she shared with us much about her life and her work, from the early days to the new book she is writing called “Tella Novella” (of some such spelling).
With dial in and chat room questions we touched on much about her book, it’s subject and her path to publication.
Illegal is the story of Nora, a Mexican immigrant who crosses the border illegally to find her missing father in Houston. We are all immigrants, so this story just isn’t about one nationality looking for family in a Texas town. It’s about how we love and survive.
Her book while touching on the aspects of illegal immigration from Mexico is one that people across the world can relate to, leaving loved ones, immigrating etc, and I am sure that in the near future the book will become a must read worldwide for YA and none YA readers. I am sure Bettina Restrepo is a name we will hear a lot more of.
So sit back and listen to today's interesting and entertaining show as I host today's "A Book and a Chat with Bettina Restrepo".
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