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It’s my great pleasure to welcome fellow Rave Reviews Book Club member and author, Lisa Mauro, to our Fiora Books site. Take it away, Lisa!


I’d like to thank today’s host, John Fioravanti, and 4Wills Publishing for organizing this amazing opportunity. I hope you all enjoy the tour!

Those that know me know that there is a soft spot in my heart for the LGBTQ community.  Not only because I have many gay friends and family, but because I’ve identified as bisexual for as long as I can remember.   Despite my major crush on Eric Estrada as a kid, I still opted to be fabulous and dress like Cher for Halloween.  You haven’t lived until one of your friends not only parts with a pair of leather pants, but makes them into a miniskirt for your outfit.

Having grown up in a bubble, surrounded by this culture, it wasn’t difficult to see the trials and tribulations that LGBTQ people face.  We’ve come a long way, but people are still bullied mercilessly and abandoned by their families when they come out.  This is especially true in the Hispanic culture.  There are plenty of alarming stats around the web for such things, but one that stood out for me was that 26% of youth are kicked out of their home for coming out. While it’s become more acceptable in white families, there is still quite a lot of ‘taboo’ to overcome in other cultures.

What does any of this have to do with The Place We Went to Yesterday?  While Ella doesn’t self-identify as gay – and in fact, she is far too focused on survival to worry about having any silly teenage crushes on anyone – she is still kicked out of her home on the suspicion of being gay.  Her best friend, Bianca, has a crush on Ella’s cousin Rosa.

While Ella is fully supportive and hopes that Rosa reciprocates the feelings, the message is misconstrued and her parents beat her relentlessly.  This is the catalyst for Ella being moved into foster care and ultimately ends up in a group home for girls.  The topic doesn’t come up again in her talks with Lara – in fact, she never reveals why she was moved to the group home with anyone.  She carries this with her, silently, the way most people that have experienced it do.

This was an important aspect for me, not only because of my own identification, but because it felt like an important story to tell.  There are not enough representations in literature or frankly, the media in general, that share what so many people experience. I do hope that this story gives even just one person the courage they need to be themselves or to at least not feel so alone if they find themselves in a similar circumstance.  It’s not fiction, sadly.  For so many, it’s reality.Author head shot
Author Bio:
Lisa Mauro is a novelist, blogger and pharmaceutical consultant.  She is the Secretary of the Board of The Women Fiction Writers Association.  The Place We Went to Yesterday is her first novel, published by Heartless Press.  She lives in Boston, MA with her better half, Brian, and an obnoxiously cute kitten, Harper.
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About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

9 thoughts on “Lisa Mauro: THE PLACE WE WENT TO YESTERDAY Tour

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    March 22, 2015 at 10:59pm

    The topic of being gay is painful not only to the families but also to those who are gay. Things are getting better now, and will continue to get better. Thank you John or hosting.

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      John Fioravanti

      March 23, 2015 at 8:11am

      Yes it is, Joy. Unfortunately, despite research findings, organized religions continue to perpetuate the horror for all involved. Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting Lisa!

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    Lisa Mauro

    March 20, 2015 at 8:22am

    Hamony and Rhani, thanks for stopping by!

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    Harmony Kent

    March 20, 2015 at 5:52am

    This certainly addresses this issue very well in your book, Lisa. Those statistics are alarming indeed … I had no idea they were as high as 26%. My belief is that we each have our lives to live and our choices to make. No matter how we feel about something, what someone else chooses is none of our business. Thanks for sharing this. I hope you’re enjoying your tour as much as I am 🙂

    John, thanks so much for hosting Lisa today, it’s great to pop by your place 🙂

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    Rhani D'Chae

    March 20, 2015 at 12:29am

    Lisa, what a great post! You’re absoluteky right about what a lot of LGBT kids go through, & kudos to you for shedding some light on that through your work. John, thanks for hosting a stop on Lisa’s tour.

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