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David Soto Jr.

David is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who didn't realize until reaching his forties that he was a writer. As a child, he struggled with learning disabilities which yielded him grades that barely earned him his high school diploma. With marks like that, the thought of being an author never occurred to him. Also, college was out of the question. He joined the military and retired 23 years later. The same week David took off the uniform for the last time, never to put it back on, he hit the road traveling the U.S. in his van.

David penned several fitness and nutrition article and books, but after listening to On Writing by Stephen King, he decided to give writing fiction a try. He started out with a novel about an Air Force Sergeant who's PTSD caused him to do terrible things in his sleep. This project was for practice as well as fun, and he published a chapter every week on his website After several months, this project came to an abrupt halt.

One of Stephen Kings' pieces of advice was to become a voracious reader of fiction. David became obsessed with reading novels and became reacquainted with his favorite genre, magical realism. One evening while reading, he could not get out of his head the vision of a beautiful woman who sold magical chocolates to people who needed to rekindle the fire in their love life. That was the birth of "Los Chocolates de Esperanza Diamante" and the series of books that followed.

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Scheduled events:
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction (Seats 10)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Authors: Ann Griffin, Sara LaFontain, Antoinette Morgan, Ralph Rotten, Paula Winskye, Mel Greenberg, Dustin Corallo, Mary Ann Carman, David Soto, Dharma Kelleher

Fiction / Literature
David Soto Jr.
June 2018
ISBN 9781982991326
169 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

On December 2, 1956, a yacht named the Granma carrying Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara, and 79 other comrades landed in Playa Las Coloradas, Oriente Province, Cuba. More/less

Los Chocolates de Esperanza Diamanté
Fiction / Literature
David Soto Jr.
January 2017
ISBN 9781542460026
106 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Chocolate ... aphrodisiac? Or appetizer for death? This is the question emerald-eyed Esperanza Diamant� asks herself as she takes her life's journey through both coastal pueblos and capital cities of Mexico. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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