Machete Juarez is my wife’s fault.
“You didn’t have any truly evil villains in REMARKABLE,” she said to me one morning, while we sipped hot Cuban coffee, watching the sun rise in Key West. “And,” she added, “a great novel needs one.”
Machete entered the world on page 41 in my next novel, SELDOM AS THEY SEEM, and Big Bay would never be the same.
When my editor received the manuscript in April of 2014, she called me. “Take Machete out … get him out of the story in the rewrite … he is abhorrent.”
“If he upsets you that much, Lisa,” I replied, “I’ve succeeded. My novel. Machete stays; keep reading.”
I truly anticipated Machete, who was working for a Mexican Godfather, would bring harm to the folks living in Big Bay. To my surprise, he in fact became an example of redemption. By the end of the novel readers love the little Mexican.
The most frequent question I received while writing NO GRAY TWILIGHTS was: “Is Machete in the next book?”
He was, and in the following novel, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, too.
Novel #5 is titled, THEY CALL ME MACHETE. We meet a young Marco Juarez, living deep in the ghettos of Mexico City with his mother Lilliana, struggling to survive in that hostile environment. We learn how the young boy earned the name Machete and we admire him even more.
I anticipate THEY CALL ME MACHETE to be released in 2018.