I feel like Snoopy when he's doing his happy dance! Today, I received word that I just got my first book contract ever (from a book publisher other than my own company)! It will be a photographic history of Vado, NM, and—a wonderful opportunity for me to gather background information for MY MYSTERY NOVEL! (Since it is to be set in the Mesilla Valley, hence the name of my blog, Mesilla Valley Murders.)
Soooooooooooo . . . if you lived in Del Cerro, Berino, La Mesa, or Vado, I'm interested in scanning your family's historic photos (that means from the earliest photos you have—from the late 1800s, forward). While we will primarily focus on Vado, all of these little unincorporated villages, called colonias locally, are pretty intertwined. The resulting book should be a valuable asset to the community and to scholars who are researching Vado and the Mesilla Valley.
Finding out something about the area in which one lives is always fascinating to me. There is much to be discovered, things that, once documented, should help Vado and other small communities in the area take their place in history. Do you know someone whose family is from one of these communities? Comment here or see me on Facebook. I will look forward to hearing from you!