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Check Out Yaffa S. Santos’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yaffa S. Santos.  

Hi Yaffa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in New Jersey and went to undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. I loved writing and reading since I was a child, but I started writing fiction more seriously in 2011. My first novel, A Taste of Sage (Harper Perennial) was released in May 2020, and my second novel, A Touch of Moonlight, is coming out this year on October 25th, 2022. Besides being a novelist, I am also currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at our very own UCF. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
First, getting published. I queried for about two years before I connected with my agent.! Then, my first novel, A Taste of Sage (Harper Perennial, 2020) was released at the height of the lockdown in Florida, and all of my local launch events were canceled. 

I am hoping to visit some of the places I was scheduled to visit then when my second novel comes out in October. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am known for novels that combine food and cooking with romance and self-discovery. Both of my books feature recipes for many of the dishes mentioned in the text. And both my books contain an element that takes readers beyond the five senses. In A Taste of Sage, it’s the main character’s ability to taste food and know what the cook was feeling when they cooked it. In A Touch of Moonlight, that element manifests through the main character being a ciguapa, a mythical being from Dominican folklore. 

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I think that novels centering on diverse protagonists will only continue to increase, and I think that we will see a brighter spotlight on diverse characters with intersectional identities. 

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