This little story was inspired in part by my love for both the Spanish language and Argentina.
Te Quiero were the first words I learned in Spanish. They were in a book (incidentally about Argentina) called ‘The Story of the Night’ by Colm Tobin. I loved the character that spoke them (Pablo), and I also loved that the author didn’t translate anything, as those tiny smatterings of Spanish inspired me to learn more, and to eventually take classes (though that was a few years ago now). It’s a beautiful language. Writing Te Quiero has inspired me to go back to school at some point and to learn more.
There aren’t a great deal of Spanish words in this story, but with research and in-depth help from one awesome Spanish lady in particular (Rosalinda <3) I have endeavoured to use words authentic to Argentina.
Ally, my main character, is from Argentina (Buenos Aries). It’s a place I’ve never been, but have always longed to visit—I’ve always felt drawn there, ever since I was very small. I’ve dreamt about its vast and beautiful landscapes, the loneliness of them, or perhaps the aloneness. Sometimes places stick in your imagination and grow there. So, having Ally’s connection to his past, while not directly a part of the story, is important to me. This stunning picture of the Andes is borrowed from: http://tours42plus.com/blogs/admin/countries-of-latin-america/36/argentina
Ultimately this story felt as though it was a long time coming.
The next story in the series will be told from Levi’s POV. It’s entitled Silver and Gold, and will be a bit more of a substantial read^^ No time scales for release yet. I need to finish it first 🙂
I hope you enjoy Te Quiero. I had a lot of fun writing it.