About Eleanor Parker Sapia


Welcome to The Writing Life Author Blog of Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, where she offers author interviews in any genre, guest posts, and loves to share snippets of her long creative journey as a writer, painter, blogger, poet, and short story writer.

About Eleanor


Puerto Rican-born Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Her careers as an artist, counselor, alternative health practitioner, Spanish language family support worker and a refugee case worker, inspire her stories.

Eleanor  is the author of the award-winning historical novel, ‘A DECENT WOMAN’,  published by Sixth Street River Press and available on Amazon. http://amzn.to/1X0qFvK

‘A Decent Woman’ is the unforgettable story of friendship between an Afro-Cuban midwife born into slavery and a Puerto Rican socialite, set against the rich and combustive backdrop of colonial Puerto Rico, where women are treated as possessions.

‘A Decent Womanis a Finalist in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards with Latino Literacy now, and was selected as Book of the Month for Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. The book was listed in Centro Voices, The Center of Puerto Rican Studies, ‘Essential Boricua Reading for the 2015 Holiday Season’. Eleanor is featured in the award-winning anthology, ‘Latina Authors and Their Muses’, edited by Mayra Calvani. Eleanor is a proud member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, PEN America, The National Association of Professional Women, and the Historical Novel Society. She is a contributing writer at Organic Coffee, Haphazardly Literary Society. When not writing, Eleanor loves facilitating creativity groups, reads, gardens, and tells herself she is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela a second time.

Eleanor adores her two adult children and currently lives in West Virginia, where she is at work on her second historical novel, set in 1920 Puerto Rico, titled ‘The Lament of Sister Maria Immaculata’.


Please visit Eleanor at her website.


14 thoughts on “About Eleanor Parker Sapia”

    1. Hi Cinda, Thanks for your visit and kind words! Your wonderful neighbor, Jan, told me about you, and sent me the link to your website. I enjoyed learning more about you and your book sounds wonderful! The sequel to A Decent Woman is titled, Mistress of Coffee, the story continues with Serafina taking over a derelict coffee farm in the mountains of Yayuya, Puerto Rico 🙂

      Thanks for your question. A Decent Woman doesn’t come out until Fall 2014, and as I understand it, I can’t have an author page just yet. The same for Goodreads. If you know something I don’t, I’m all ears 🙂 Thanks again.

  1. Hi Eleanor! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you! I was wondering if you could email me at your earliest convenience at cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com 🙂 I greatly appreciate your time!!

  2. Hi Eleanor, both of your novels sound fascinating and I look forward to ordering and reading them soon. I love how you explore friendships as I think that’s sometimes overlooked in fiction in favor of the love story.

    I think the work of JZ Holden might interest you, as she writes historical fiction grappling with the lingering effects of generational trauma. Her latest book The Illusion of Memory shows two sisters coping with being the daughters of Holocaust survivors and uncovering secrets about their family.

    JZ Holden is available for blog interviews and would love to share her thoughts with your readers. Her book is available here and she would be glad to send you a copy. http://www.amazon.com/ILLUSION-MEMORY-JZ-Holden/dp/148007537X/

    Thank you very much,


    1. Hi Cristina, Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. I am pleased you are interested in reading A Decent Woman, and I sure hope you will let me know what you think when you finish reading. I agree with you about exploring women’s friendships in books; it is what interests me the most at this time.

      Thanks also for recommending JZ Holden’s book, The Illusion of Memory. Please thank the author for me; I would love a copy. If you will email me here, I will send you my mailing address. It would be my pleasure to host JZ for an author interview. Let’s connect via email. Thanks very much, Eleanor

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