In 2013-14, I wrote a book titled, Lay Down Your Guns, about a doctor in Honduras who founded medical clinics in the mountains then defended them against the onslaught of drug cartels that threatened to destroy them. The book is narrative non-fiction, and I am very proud of how Dr. Amanda Madrid, how the book came out after following her life for a year.
Lay Down Your Guns is a work of narrative non-fiction. It's a true story that reads like a novel. This is my favorite kind of book to read and to write: in this case a story of a fascinating Honduran female doctor who faced great adversity with courage and compassion.
I spent more than a year researching and writing the book, including a visit to Honduras with my 16-year-old daughter, Anna, who helped me with more than fifty interviews, mountains of notes, thousands of photos to sort through, and communicating in Spanish.
The interviews were done in English because Dr. Amanda Madrid is a much better English speaker than I am a Spanish speaker. Dr. Madrid has an iPad that switches all menus to Spanish and occasionally it changes something from English to Spanish or reverse. One time she was writing about a spinal cord injury and here's the email translation I received: "Spinach Cordoba injure," which sounds tasty!
Dr. Madrid is a spunky, fun-loving, joyous person who is doing serious work in the mountains of Honduras. I believe you will truly enjoy the book and be inspired by her life. There are not enough great stories like hers, written in form of stories to inspire readers. I truly believe Dr. Amanda Madrid's story is one worthy of your purchase today on Amazon and a story you will want to pass on to others.
This was my first audiobook and I'm proud to have actor Zilah Mendoza to voice the book.