About Blas

Meet the Author

Born in Cuba in 1947, Blas arrived in the U.S. at age 14 as an unaccompanied Cuban refugee. Two years later, he graduated from High School at the top of his class and enrolled in New York City’s Columbia College. He graduated in 1968 – in the midst of that school’s iconic student revolt – with a B.A. in Anthropology. Four years later, he received his J.D. from Columbia School of Law and moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He moved to Miami, Florida in 1976, and continued to practice law. In 1995, he shifted from writing legal pleadings and briefs, to writing fiction, essays and creative non-fiction. In 2006, his screenplay A Wild Ride on a Seesaw received Honorable Mention in that year’s Writer’s Digest magazine annual competition. The work was optioned to an independent production company, but never filmed. After the expiration of the option, Blas rewrote the story in novel form, and is currently working on a sequel. Aside from Flight to Nowhere and Wild Ride, he has completed one other novel and is working on a historical novel and a memoir about the time when, at age 13, he was dispatched by the government to a remote Cuban mountain settlement to teach the peasants to read. He also writes about popular Cuban history up to the 1950s and about local Central Florida politics from time to time, as well as short stories and poetry in English, Spanish, and now and then in Portuguese. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his cat Marmalade, who might sneak into his novel reading videos now and then.

 

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