The Real “Magdalena”

5002950830_7718232c39_bThanks to everyone who has bought a copy of “Magdalena – A Prostitute’s Life in Costa Rica.” Some people have asked me a few questions about the book so I thought I would do what I could to answer them here.

Probably the first question people ask is “Is there a ‘real’ Magdalena?” The answer is a definite “sort of.” There was one chica whom I interviewed more than any others, and the book contains more of her stories and thoughts than anyone else. She was very well known back when the Park Hotel was in its heyday, and can still be found from time to time in the gulch, often in the company of yours truly. She’s not exactly retired and not exactly working her butt off either. As those who have read the book know, she loves to party and often when I was trying to interview her she would say something like “Can we go have a drink somewhere? I’m getting tired of talking!” More like she was tired of me asking her questions, but often as not we’d end up somewhere in the gulch working on the next day’s hangover.

She wasn’t the only person I interviewed for the book, and everything in the book didn’t necessarily happen to her. I will say, however, that every incident in the book was related to me by someone I interviewed, and I never got the feeling that the incidents were exaggerated. In order to make sense out of a lot of unconnected events, I had to add some connecting material, which even in my eyes is the dullest part of the book. But I felt like I had to put it in there to provide some sort of continuity.

FunPhotoBox2141830007vcucnxThere is a lot of pretty outrageous stuff in the book, and though it may be hard to believe, I had to tone a few things down a little for reasons I prefer not to go into. Certain incidents would have been more powerful had the whole story been told, but in order to protect the innocent, as they used to say on “Dragnet,” I felt it was better to go with a version that wasn’t going to get anyone arrested or beaten up.

To wrap this up, if you have read the book, please go here and leave me a review. It really helps promote the book. You only have to write a few sentences, two or three. You can even hide your identity by changing the name you want to appear on the review. I would really appreciate it!

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