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If you take a look at the photograph, you might notice that around my desk I have arranged a few personal items for decoration, fun, or inspiration. Included are: a statue of St. Michael the Archangel on the shelf above (similar to one mentioned in Drawn to You); an unfinished painting on canvas propped against the wall; and (this will only make sense to you if you are familiar with the world of Doctor Who) a little TARDIS on my desk from which an action figure of the Tenth Doctor beckons an action figure of Sarah Jane Smith to join him inside and travel the stars.
I have pumped out many a page from that little corner, so it is truly my writing space. However, there is one thing about the photograph that is untruthful about my reality: It is neat. I usually have piles of paper or books on top of my desk (near the TARDIS), but I didn’t like the way that looked in the photo, so I moved them before taking this snap.
Rock Your Destiny!
Gina Santiago is a thirteen-year-old "Nuyorican" with rock star dreams, so when she's accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Arts and Talents for art instead of music, she's crushed. To make matters worse, the student body at the Upper East Side school is divided into "schollies" (students on scholarship, like her) and "dollies" (rich kids with "dollars"). But Gina discovers that there is one thing that brings schollies and dollies-and dancers, singers, actors, artists, and musicians-together: music! Maybe she can make her dreams come true after all....
Read an excerpt:
I began entertaining thoughts of becoming an art school dropout when I remembered Angel Dominguez and felt inspired to explore the halls a bit. Maybe I can find a classroom he actually studied in, I thought, feeling the smile return to my face.
Jogging slightly, I headed for the staircase when I remembered the song about Angel that I had started earlier. Humming it to myself, I began adding more lyrics in my head.
I will find you even though you aren’t really here
I’ll find you standing by my side
Hear you whisper in my ear….
And then, almost as if someone did whisper in my ear, I stopped short at the bulletin board in the lobby. A flyer had caught my eye. It read:
Your favorite rock band,
is searching for their next great guitarist/vocalist
Could that be YOU?????
Listen to our sound, and then come see for yourself.
Saturday, September 15th.
Please call Nick at 917-555-7654 for more information.
I drew in a deep breath. Then I giggled. Then I laughed out loud. If my mother thought that that she was going to keep me away from music, she sure was wrong. My first day at NYAAT wasn’t even half-over, and I was already had an idea of how to make my dreams—and her nightmares—come true.
About the Author:
Unlike Gina, she isn’t very good at guitar and doesn’t have a rock band to call her own.
Truth be told, she never dreamed of becoming a guitarist. Instead, from the time she was a tween she dreamed of becoming a published author of a book series. And since you're reading this, you can see that her dream has come true!
Her first hint of an idea for the Arts-Angels series began way back when she received a pendant of St. Michael the Archangel for her sixteenth birthday.
She lives with her twin sister, Jennifer (who got a pendant of St. Joan of Arc that same birthday but hasn’t written any books about it), in New York City.
E-mail: janelrodriguezferrer (at) theartsangels (dot) com.