Lucha libre plays an important part in my forthcoming novel, Can’t Buy Me Love. Durham, North Carolina, where the book is set and I live, is home to a wonderful group of female Mexican wrestlers known as the Luchadoras. When I went to the match recently, the idea struck me that a replica of the wrestling mask used by a character in the novel would be a wonderful promotional item for the book. If someone could make the mask, I could raffle it off for a local charity. I made inquiries and was connected with Jennifer Collins, a local custom handbag and luchador(a) mask designer. {Visit her site here.}

I contacted Jennifer, and she agreed to design the mask per the description in the book. We met recently to go over the sample, and wow! This mask is going to be so cool!

When you write a book, you want the characters to come alive in the readers’ minds. It’s very fun to have parts of the book made tangible. The luchadora mask that the heroine wears is a perfect vector for passing between the boundaries of real and imaginary. We’ll use the mask in book promotion, and it will make a real difference in the lives of the children who will benefit from its sale.

The book launch is currently set for June 16 at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. We’ll raffle off the mask at the launch party, with all proceeds going to NC FIELD,  an organization that advocates for farmworkers, especially children who must work the fields in order for their families to get by. More details to follow closer to the date. I hope you can join us!