Char Valdez is a native of California living in New Mexico with her husband, Sonny, and her dog, Jake. This is her first novel.
Char loves a good performance and was, for a time, a belly dancer herself. Performing in restaurants and at festivals, she danced with a friend’s forty-pound ball python only once—depicted in this book.
Remembering the circuses from her childhood, Char has recreated some scenes, along with the smells and adrenaline, that come with the circus. As an animal lover, she does not like to see animals in captivity and out of their natural habitats. Many circus stories have bad trainers, and almost all have a fire that destroys animals and the circus leaving them to rebuild. Char doesn’t like fires or cruelty, so those are left out here. Char does love fortune-tellers, steamy love affairs, and a little danger. She feels the very soul of her great-aunt—her triumphs and tragedies, her loves and her adversaries.