Sylvia Patience

I appreciate AJ’s invitation to write a guest post for her blog as a sister author with Desert Palm Press. I asked myself at first, as readers may wonder, why an author of a middle grade (ages 8 – 12) novel would write a post on a blog which features lesbian romance fiction “for readers of legal age.” Would readers of this blog be interested in an immigration story for young readers which, incidentally, totally lacks in romance?

My answer is a tentative “yes” for two reasons. I expect you, the readers, also read in other genres, and I assume many of you have children, possibly grandchildren, who like to read.

So here goes. The Weaver’s Daughter, my new book published by DPP is, as I mentioned, an immigration story directed at young readers. Ixchel (Chel) is a twelve year old Maya girl from Merida whose mother, a weaver, experiences a vision from the goddess of weaving in which the goddess demands she send her daughter across the border to find her father in Los Angeles. The story tells of Chel’s doubts, fears, and final decision to make the journey, and of her struggle to reach her father in Los Angeles.

While written for children, many adult readers have given positive feedback. Here are some of the comments:

 “I highly recommend this to elementary and middle school readers as well as anyone who enjoys reading about adventures and learning about other cultures no matter what age you might be.” Donna

“Just the right amount of danger and excitement, sadness and joy for young readers. You will want to curl up and enjoy this book, pushing on to the last page and then wishing there was more.” Jeannie

“This is an engrossing tale that puts the reader into the fear and uncertainty of crossing the border. I read it in one session. I later read a NY Times sad account of a man who died in the attempted crossing. Both accounts convey the tragedy of our immigration policies.” Takashi

Immigration from Mexico and Central America hasn’t been in the news as much since the pandemic and the recent fires and hurricanes related to climate change. But it is ongoing, and an issue that impacts adults and children alike. Immigration is also related to climate change. Heat and drought are causing crop failure, loss of livelihood, and increased violence in countries to the south, driving people north in search of work and to escape violence. Walls, border patrols, and detention don’t address the causes of this northward migration to the U.S. and Europe.

I’ve taken AJ up on her offer to DPP authors to write a post for this blog because immigration affects all of us, and our children and grandchildren. The Weaver’s Daughter is a fictional story about one young immigrant.


Sylvia Patience has written several middle grade novels. Toto's Tale and True Chronicle of Oz was published in 2015, Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies and her professional articles in The Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Sylvia's short fairy tales have received prizes in the international Hans Christian Andersen contest. Her latest book, The Weaver’s Daughter, came out from Desert Palm Press in August 2020.

In her non-writing life Sylvia is a nurse practitioner and midwife. She lived in Mexico for several years. She speaks fluent Spanish and works with immigrants from Mexico and Central America.

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