Elva Yolanda Quintanilla Recounts Hardships, Joys in New Memoir

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‘Bajo Las Sombras Del Pasado’ traces Quintanilla’s life from abuses in Mexico to life in United States.

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Author Elva Yolanda Quintanilla renders the life of a Mexican immigrant in the United States in her poignant new memoir, “Bajo Las Sombras Del Pasado: Do a Nadie” (published by Trafford Publishing), written in Spanish. The title translates to “Under the Shadows of the Past.”

Quintanilla grew up in an emotionally abusive household in Mexico. Her parents neglected her and rarely showed her any kindness or love. When she grew up, the men she dated treated her poorly, believing her to be no better than a servant to them.

The injustice sparked a flame that burned over the years. Quintanilla finally fled to the United States with her six children where she began working in a field and later as a waitress. Through her hard work, she was able to earn an education for herself and provide for her children, instilling them with familial values.

“This is a book about a woman who was able to transform the bad into good,” writes Quintanilla, “breaking the cycle in which she was born.”

Through her book, Quintanilla aims to inspire others to rise up from inequality, pursue an education and make a better life for themselves.

“Be strong,” Quintanilla relays to her readers. “Erase the word ‘impossible.’”

“Bajo Las Sombras Del Pasado”
By Elva Yolanda Quintanilla
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 324 pages | ISBN 9781412075251
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author
Elva Yolanda Quintanilla lives and writes in Oceanside, California. She has previously published “An Angel with Broken Wings,” a tribute to her late son who died of cancer, and “From Peaches to Beaches.”

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service” and has led the indie publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self-publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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