Luigi A. Juarez on writing a book that celebrates the highs and lows of your 20s

Covered Paces received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Luigi A. Juarez.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Covered Paces was published in February 2015 by Editorial Trance and re-published independently in June 2016.

 What’s the book’s first line? 

“A November moon gleamed off lively night.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

A valentine to big city life and the Latina-American experience, Covered Paces follows failed actress Linette Velazco from Los Angeles to Miami and Boston to Panamá, as she swears off love to jumpstart a financial planning career. Along the way, her family’s pressure to excel mounts, and a constellation of characters threaten her new resolve and reshape the knotted definitions of “monogamy” and “true love” in modern-day relationships.

 What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I set out to write a book that celebrates the highs and lows of your 20s. It’s a strange time indeed, being young enough to still have so much of your life up in the air but also old enough to know better about a lot of things. So the novel drops us straight into Linette Velazco’s world during the year that best represents that juncture for her, and which also happens to revolve around this really wonderful love story that everyone can relate to.


What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

It’s a universal love story featuring a minority heroine–classically told but with a contemporary feel and youthful characters.