On the shelf: the writer brings Ecuador to New Mexico by her novels
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Lorena Hughes brings parts of her books from Ecuador to New Mexico. The author, originally from Ecuador, has been calling the land of enchantment her home for over 20 years.
Hughes said that while she wrote historical novels, history wasn’t something she enjoyed learning in school. It wasn’t until she found out about the origins of the Ecuadorian chocolate industry and began researching its history that she began to learn about its past.
Her previous book was also set in Ecuador in the 1960s. Her latest book, The Spanish Daughter, due out in December, is set in the 1920s. The story is about a chocolatier who goes on an adventure from Spain to Ecuador to learn how to solve her family’s secrets.
She said she believes New Mexican readers will particularly enjoy her books because there is some overlap between Hispanic cultures. “There’s a lot in common, there’s religion, there’s the language because there’s a lot of Spanish spoken here,” said Hughes. “One character in a book even loves to dance flamenco, and I know that this is very big, too. If local readers want to learn something different, but still familiar, they will like my book. “
Hughes said she loves sharing her culture with those who may not be familiar with it. “I love that because I don’t think that many stories are told in Ecuador and I enjoy reading it. I like to hear about the food they eat and what’s different. I want to introduce my reader to another world, not only historically but also culturally, ”said Hughes.