Seeking Nuyorican Cultural Consultant for my novel!

This image is from the book club

My novel–a suspenseful, gritty, political, erotic, urban romance–takes place in NYC with a Puerto Rican protagonist. I am looking for a Puerto Rican woman, preferably between 25 and 45, who would be willing to read it and make sure I got the Nuyorican details right.

My family is two generations of California Boricuas, and we’ve never lived in NY. Same with most of my Puerto Rican friends. I’ve spent enough time in NYC to make the details seem real to New Yorkers outside the Latino community, but I want to make sure it’s authentic down to the smallest detail. Please let me know if you or someone you know might be able to help me.


Best way to contact me is via twitter, by tweeting to @ayadeleon.

Mil gracias,


12 Comments on “Seeking Nuyorican Cultural Consultant for my novel!”

  1. Hi,
    I am a Puerto Rican anthropologist. I am from Newark, NJ, but lived in NYC for about 5 years and visit regularly. I also work as freelance researcher,editor and book consultant.


  2. alm383 says:

    الكلمة امانة

  3. Aidalene says:


    I am a speech therapist for the Dept of Ed. I was born in NYC raised in the south Bronx. Presently live in the Bronx.
    If I can be of any help I will be more than willing to do so. For more back ground info don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Best Regards

  4. Hi/Hola, I was born in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx and the Island.Doing la guagua aérea since the 70 s, 80s through present has given me a unique experience of duality among others things. I welcome the opportunity to read your story.

  5. Seary says:

    Hi Aya,
    George “Urban Jibaro” Torres told me about your book and that you are looking for a consultant. I am a Nuyorican poet and actress who was born and raised in the Bronx. Please feel free to get in touch with me. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you! Pa’lante!!

  6. Aya,

    Hermana I would recommend talking to the following folks in NYC:

    Judy Rae
    Caridad De La Luz

    All of them are on Facebook.

    Or even Bonafide Rojas (He’s a Nuyorican brother but he released a whole poetry book which was dedicated to New York. Strong person to talk to about the NY experience.


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