About the book: On Elda and Aristides’ journey through like there would be floors to sweep, churros to fry, hair to spray and roofs to lay, but all the work would pay off beyond their wildest ambitions. Their love of family, their sacrifices, their ingenuity and great success is a story rich in life lessons for all.
But as with so many Cuban refugees, before the bounty there would be tragedies to tend, abject poverty to overcome and a revolution to escape. Sometimes profound tragedy and poverty can kill hope, but in certain, very special people it can ignite a winning spirit.
About book designer Cindy Seip: Born with a crayon in one hand and camera in the other, Cindy Seip has never ventured far from her creative instincts. Through the years, her creative side took hair pin turns, but always finished with a checkered flag.
As an “A+” student in art, it was her 12th grade art teacher, Mr. Popovitch, that set her on a professional course in design introducing her to the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. There, she would earn her degree in Advertising Design.
She began her career at the Miami Herald Tropic Magazine and later started her own design + underwater portrait photography business. Over the years Seip has amassed an impressive client list with some high profile names like, Sony, Nasdaq, Ericsson, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AvMed, Miami International Book Fair, Breakthrough Miami and many more. Her accolades reflect her keen eye for design.
Seip resides in sunny Miami with her husband, Miami Herald Photojournalist, Al Diaz, two great kids and a cute Wheaten Terrier named Amanda Bubbles.