The House of Six Doors Winner of: THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS Multicultural Fiction

USA Book News just announced Winners and Finalists of

THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS

Thank you USA Book News for selecting The House of Six Doors as Winner of  Multicultural Fiction,

and  Finalist in Women’s Lit and General Fiction Categories.

Let the Words Flow:Writing Prompt 5


Halloween is a time when we can let our alter ego come out. We can play like children, unleash our creativity and discover parts of ourselves we had not seen before. I encourage you to write something you would not normally write about.  I invite you to join me: you’ll need pen and paper or a computer, a cup of tea, and a comfortable place to sit. Ask yourself what part of your story needs to be told today. The prompt is an invitation to let the words flow. Slowly read the prompt, whether fact or fiction, and write what needs to be written today. Feel free to change the prompt from first to third person, vice versa, or any other way.

She stood admiring her Halloween costume, this year…

Halloween and Witches


Halloween has given me a whole new outlook on witches and witchcraft.  On Curaçao, although there is some black magic, witchcraft and witches are mostly used to bring good luck or help with the success of a project and are used year-round.  They are used somewhat like insurance providers.  Baths, candles, potions, earth elements, and prayers can all be part of the rituals.  There are whole stores dedicated to selling witchcraft supplies.  And of course, in case you can’t afford a witch, there is always the self-help section.  I wonder what would happen if the Halloween witches encountered the witches from Curaçao.

UCSB Multicultural Center Presents a Conversation with Patricia Selbert and Pico Iyer

Please join me and bestselling author Pico Iyer on May 19th at 7pm at UCSB Multi-Cultural Center for an on stage conversation about my novel The House of Six Doors and the universal struggles and triumphs of the immigrants’ experience.