My Writings

Short Stories

I’m writing mostly short fiction and semi-fiction these days. Many journals and magazines say that they won’t publish material that has already appeared somewhere else, including websites. So if you want samples of my writing, please see the list of story titles and synopsis below, choose however many you want to see and contact me at rafael@rafaelpizarro.com.

Post War — this story follows a recently divorced man visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia over a day of drinking and existential anguish.

Norah Endures — this is the story of a young nurse who experiences loss in many ways.

Mick And The Spic — this is about two friends living in a homeless shelter on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Slow Drain — although this is a chapter in my memoir, it’s also stands alone as a story of the nurturing relationship between a young man from the projects and an older woman from the suburbs.

Copenhagen — also a chapter from the memoir, this story concerns two ex-college lovers who meet twenty five years after college and the secret the woman reveals to her former boyfriend.

I’m also working on a longer, book-length project. You may get a pretty good overview of the project through the answers to the questions and answers below.

Thank you for your interest in my work!

Letters to Dangerous Women, a memoir

> > Where did the idea come from for the book?

A 17-page letter I wrote to an ex-girlfriend about politics.

> > What genre does your book fall under?


> > Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This book would never be made into a movie. But if lightning struck: Luis Guzman as my older self; James Franco as my younger self. I don’t know most of the young and current female actresses.

> > What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s a memoir in the form of short stories about the women who have influenced the life of an upwardly mobile Puerto Rican man with a dark past.

> > Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I want to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux but I’ll take any legitimate house. Yes, I am that pretentious.

> > How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One year.

> > What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Never heard of a book like this. Has anybody? I’d like really to know so I could steal from it.

> > Who or what inspired you to write this book>

A woman-friend who overdosed when I was 16 and she was 29.

> > What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It includes true stories of murder, accidental death, spousal and child abuse, incest, homelessness, radical politics, world-travel and the redemption of love – all involving a 15-year old runaway who makes it to a fancy college and beyond only to crash and burn.