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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2019 9:46 am

It’s the story of a woman who has to make up for her past mistakes to heal the relationship with her son. In her quest she travels to Mexico City, New York and even Australia, and reconnects with a lost love.

Betty Sanchez Blevins recently published her book “Past Perfect” that she had written in three months in 2014. Sanchez Blevins has set the book in Imperial Beach where the main character lives on Seacoast Drive. Landmarks like the Ye Olde Plank and the old Seacoast Inn have a part in the story as well.

“Past Perfect” is a good read that flows well, draws the readers in and makes them look forward to what happens next.

Sanchez Blevins grew up in Imperial Beach as one of six siblings until the age of 15. She loved boogie boarding, spending time at the beach and talking to elderly people who stayed at the Seacoast Inn. After living in North County and other places around San Diego, Sanchez Blevins moved back to Imperial Beach last year with her blended family. She and her husband together have five children from previous marriages.

Sanchez Blevins is a hard worker who always defeated the odds. When she was a student at San Diego State University and worked a 40 hour week, some people asked her, “Are you sure you’re going to be able to do that?” Her answer was, “You watch.”

While working on her degree she was a staff member at the Children’s Museum and going to school before and after work. Sanchez Blevins graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. She also pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

“Past Perfect” is categorized as a romance but there are a lot of themes and messages close to Sanchez Blevins’ heart throughout the book including mental health, civil rights, aging parents, and baseball, one of her loves. “In the book I bring causes that are dear to my heart in the open. There are little messages in the book that anybody can take and be inspired,” she said.

“She (the protagonist) has to dig up her past to restore her relationship with her son and in the process finds a long lost love,” explained Sanchez Blevins about the plot. “Mistakes in the past can be beneficial in the future, even though we don’t know it at the time. That happens to be a struggle for all of us who ask ourselves, ‘had I done that differently back then…?’” she said.

The main character in “Past Perfect” is a single mom and writer by the name of Sandy Guadalupe Teibel. She and her adult son Maddux have a rift that can only be healed when she makes up for her past mistakes.

“It’s not as predictable as you may think, once it gets going, it gets meaty,” Sanchez Blevins said. “The character, who has not travelled before, gets her own surprises. Readers have enjoyed it because it’s diverse, has dynamic characters. The main character is a Mexican Jew and her parents are very interesting. Some people have asked me to write a prequel about them. Others have asked me if it’s based on reality,” said Sanchez Blevins who points out the story she wrote is fiction.

Sanchez Blevins has written many stories throughout her life and has found people that have inspired her writing like author Deborah Harkness, author of All Souls Trilogy who she remembers as saying, “One page at a time and in 365 days you wrote a book.”

Although Sanchez Blevins wrote the book in 2014 she waited for the right time to publish it. She then found her publisher Susan Flanagan of Word First Publishing, who is new to the business and is a script writer in Hollywood.

Sanchez Blevins wrote the book after a miscarriage. “I lost a child and what was left was emptiness. I decided to give this child life through a book…it was very therapeutic,” she said.

Sanchez Blevins has always been a writer. She would often get ideas and inspirations while driving to work. “The characters are so alive in my head, they come forward,” she explained. Sanchez Blevins actually had the ending of the book early on. Once she knew the ending she worked on the plot for the middle of the book.

“It would be ideal for a movie,” said Sanchez Blevins of “Past Perfect” and hopes that this wish can one day become a reality.

Sanchez Blevins’ day job is as a deputy public administrator. “When a resident dies with no family at the time or if they are out of town we step in to locate the next of kin and safeguard assets,” she explained.

Through her job she works closely with the medical examiner, mortuaries and hospitals and does investigative work, something she really enjoys.

Sanchez Blevins is thankful that her family was supportive through the times when she was writing her book after work and at night. Her children were encouraging. “They would come in at night and kiss me and hug me goodnight and tell me ‘You can do it mom. We can’t wait to read it.’”

She currently has another book in the works.

“Past Perfect” is available for sale at Barnes and Noble. Sanchez Blevins will go on a book tour after the sale of 500 books.

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