Latina Lista: Latin American Board Game Inspires Author's Debut Novel



LatinaLista — Mario Alberto Zambrano didn’t grow up having dreams of being a successful author. Rather, his dream was to appear on stage — as a ballerina. It was a dream this Houston, Texas native more than accomplished receiving his first dance contract at 17 and touring the world dancing with several dance companies from the United States to Germany to Israel.
By the time he was 25 years old, Zambrano was physically and emotionally exhausted. He quit dance and spent several years looking for that next artistic endeavor that would allow him to express himself in his own unique way. It wasn’t until he remembered a childhood love of playing the Mexican version of BINGO known as Lotería that Zambrano knew what would be his next career.
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