Welcome to Vera Sanchez’s Blog

Veer City College

I had a great opportunity to speak at San Diego City College July, 2014 in front of an intelligent and wonderful student body.  A special thank you to my dear friend of 15 years, Dr. Rosi Escamilla for the invite. 


Fan Mail

 Fan Mail from a 3rd and 4th grade class.  These students shared their ideas for their books.  They have amazing and unique imaginations. 


Literary Arts Festival

Me presenting at the Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival, April 2014, a memory I will always cherish.

Purchase the Book

The book is Now Available. You can purchase the book from Amazon.com. Click the Amazon Image.

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Fans of Prison Letters

Trevor Hoffman

MLB future Hall of Famer, San Diego Padre, Trevor Hoffman.


San Diego Charger record holder and NFL Pro-Bowler, John Carney.

San Diego Charger record holder and NFL Pro-Bowler, John Carney.


Team Alfa Male Standout and UFC Veteran, Danny "Last Call" Castillo.

Team Alfa Male Standout and UFC Veteran, Danny “Last Call” Castillo.


Former WBO Light Welterweight and Comeback Fighter of the Year, Zack  "Attack" Padilla.

Former WBO Light Welterweight and Comeback Fighter of the Year, Zack “Attack” Padilla.


#1 craps player and dice controller in the world, Dominic "The Dominator" LoRiggio.

#1 craps player and dice controller in the world, Dominic “The Dominator” LoRiggio.


Author of "Always Running" and candidate for California Governor, Luis Rodriguez.

Author of “Always Running” and candidate for California Governor, Luis Rodriguez.

Book Reviews

Book Cover of Prison Letters: Walking to Honor

See what readers are saying about the award-winning book:


“This is one of the most real and beautiful tribute to a family member, the much loved Nando.” -Elizabeth Navarro, Medical Field


“This is the first book from a talented new writer. Vera’s tribute to Nando will give her family closure and allow his voice to be heard.” -Mark Weidhaas, Pilot for Red Eagles Formation Team, Business Owner, and Purdue University Graduate


 “Like Nando, I too was in Prison.  Praying we are both free now.” -Peyton Goddard, Author of “I am Intelligent” and Valedictorian at Cuyamaca College


“This enjoyable new book, by Veracruz Sanchez, takes this “non-fiction novel” concept and delves deeply into the lives, both good and bad, of two San Diego kids.   This was an excellent first effort by a new and gifted novelist.” -Frank Scoblete,  Author of “The Virgin Kiss and Other Adventures.”


“An absolute honest depiction of our current mental state, a necessary addition to Chicana Literature beyond the stories of mangos and piñatas…thank you Vera for having the courage to release these memories that honor us beyond the clichés.” -Rosi Escamilla, Writing and Literature Professor at San Diego City College and UCSD


“These are real people, in real times, caught in real conflicts and celebrating rituals like real Chicanos, not just cardboard characters in a story.” -Joe Medina, English and Literature Professor at Grossmont College


“Prison Letters shows the character and depth of the people, and it certainly gives a new perspective on Nando, one that is different than what most people associate with a young man in prison.” -Kevin Mellott, President of ERASE Enterprises


“In one line of the book, Nando says ‘Maybe one day I might be able to inspire.’ He definitely inspired me in more than one way, and this book will do the same for you.” -Rudy Gonzales, San Diego Padres Organization and Author of “Rebuilding Rudy”


“My hope is words such as hardship, redemption, mistakes, forgiveness, and change are taken to heart and given consideration to others.  There is more to every story. I hope minds are opened.” -Lisa Plavan, Dental Field


“The writer made me feel like I had known this person all my life. Thanks for lifting my heart.”-Glenda Cain, Business Owner and President of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, La Mesa Post 282


“Vera Sanchez hit a homerun with her first novel. She is a talented storyteller.” -Bea Guillen, Retired Educator


“This book is clearly a tribute to a talented young man who at times, found himself whether by choice or circumstance, in an underdog position.  Nando’s letters have the ability to inspire many people.” – Milton Sanchez III, Principal, and Master’s Degree at University of California San Diego


“Vera is a role model for my 12 year old. She wants to be a writer!” -Felicia Patino, Spanish Teacher, Folklorico Ballet Dancer, and Master’s of Arts in Education at Cal State Bakersfield


“Nando’s letters reads as though he is co-author, keeping his spirit alive in our hearts.” -Bea Zamora, Educator, Organizer of the Cesar Chavez Committee, Azteca Dancer, and Master’s Degree in Counseling at San Diego State University


“I highly recommend to readers who have a loved one incarcerated.” -Jason Gigliotti, Head Wrestling Coach, Business Owner, and Menlo College Graduate


“The author helps us understand that all families have flaws and weaknesses, but they can still be there to support, love, and share with one another.”-Peter Pedroza, Retired Educator

 “Vera has opened a window to my own life.  I can identify with what she has written.” -Donald Garcia, Navy Corpsman with 1st Marine Division


“Prison Letters is a touching and heartwarming tribute to Nando and was a page-turner from beginning to end. The author does an excellent job keeping the reader wondering what will happen next.” -Tim Cornell, Business Owner and University of Minnesota Graduate


“Prison Letters was so beautifully written and full of spiritual messages. I picked it up at just the right time.” Susan Bond, Educator and Master’s Degree at San Diego State University


“This book is for anyone who likes authenticity. Vera makes you feel like you’re a fly on the wall in every story.” -Anthony Baker, Account Director at Education Transformation


“Vera made a promise to deliver, to which she more than succeeded with her first novel.  This salute to Nando will instill the importance of family values in all those who journey through its pages” -Giovanni Mazzarella, College Student


“If you are grieving a loved one, this book will definitely hit home and will make you realize that you aren’t the only one coping with a loss.” -Anahi Guy, Business Development Manager for AT&T


“Buy this book and enjoy portal into the life of a Chicano family’s triumphs and tragedies.”-Montserrat Ortiz, Muralist/Artist, College Student


” Vera’s voice is strong through to the end.  The text of the prison letters is remarkably profound and insightful, giving the reader a rare view into the life of Fernando.” -Frances Reeder, Retired Teacher at Rowland Unified School District