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After producing 9 novels, 65 short stories, and receiving 265 rejections, Victor Villaseñor sold his first novel, Macho!, which the Los Angeles Times compared to the best of John Steinbeck. This began a journey that would eventually lead to the publication of the national bestseller Rain of Gold. Published in several languages and used by thousands of teachers and school systems across the nation as required reading, Rain of Gold tells the story of Victor’s family, taking the reader from war-torn Mexico during the Revolution of 1910 to the present day.
Villaseñor’s body of works include a number of nonfiction books, which are all used in schools throughout the country: The first family trilogy Wild Steps of Heaven, Rain of Gold, and Thirteen Senses; the second family trilogy Burro Genius, Crazy Loco Love, and Beyond Rain of Gold. Other books: Jury: The People vs Juan Corona; Macho!; Lion Eyes; Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy. Several titles are national bestsellers and Pulitzer Prize submitted. Walking Stars is a little book of nine short stories written especially to inspire youth. And a collection of award winning children’s books, written for ages 2 to 200, each teach an important life lesson: The Frog and His Friends Save Humanity; Goodnight, Papito Dios; Little Crow to the Rescue; Mother Fox and Mr. Coyote; and The Stranger and the Red Rooster. As a screen writer, he is best known for his dramatization of the popular border corrida about the longest manhunt in Texas Ranger history in the acclaimed film, starring Edward James Olmos: The Ballad Of Gregorio Cortez.
Villaseñor’s acclaimed written works, as well as his inspiring lectures, have earned him numerous awards and endorsements, including the Founding John Steinbeck Chair appointment.
In demand throughout the country as a gifted and accomplished speaker, Villaseñor, in his candid and heartfelt manner, brings a fresh perspective to a number of universal themes. He talks about the importance of family, the strength of family and of women, pride in heritage, personal dignity, and world peace. Victor speaks about the power of the written word, and dedication to education and personal achievement.