From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope

I started blogging about my journey in writing, editing, polishing and publishing my book, From Tears to Triumph. Now that the book is published, I will blog about aspects of the book: finding hope, making sound life choices, The Children of God, Costa Rica, sex-trade, redemption.

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After nearly three years of daily feeling, thinking, praying, writing and editing I sent my “baby” to my writing coach, Linda Joy Myers (NAMW) for a complete examination. When she’s through reviewing the 418-page, 104,000-word manuscript, I’ll be one big step closer to the end project a book in my hands (and hopefully yours). I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is bright and shiny, and yet scary.

As you know, this has all been new to me. When I started out to write this memoir nearly three years ago, I really thought it would be relatively easy. I mean, after all, it’s a true story and all I needed to do was put my memories onto the written page.


Each “memory” comes with a feeling and I had to dig deep and hard to surface the feelings and events surrounding the memories. And sometimes I didn't WANT to remember certain events and the associated feelings--it was gut wrenching. That’s called memoir writing. It’s different than fiction.

In writing fiction, the author uses their imagination and creativity to bolster the story percolating in their mind. In memoir writing you need to write the truth or as close to the truth as you can possibly get…and since I don’t have every conversation and event from all those years ago embedded in my memory bank, I need to relate how it most likely happened, staying true to the story. 

The journals, cassette tapes and letter to my parents that I have had in hand during the process, have been incredibly valuable. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s been so worth the journey.

Stay tuned. And thank YOU for joining me in your hearts and prayers during the last three years!  

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Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz, was born and raised in Redwood Valley, a small grape growing community in Northern California. Linda co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae.

After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Bello-Ruiz worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for twenty-six-years, and as a vocational forensic expert on disability for five of those years.

Linda is president of The Authors Resource Group and Faith Writers of SCLH, a member of Inspire Christian Writers and Destiny Church, and is an active member of the Northern California Publishers and Authors group and the United for Barra Association in Mexico, and an Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.

Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope—advocating for groups whose mission is to combat sex trafficking and provide a safe haven for girls rescued from the sex trade.

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    Olive Oyl Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    I like your blog and always find it very interesting. We miss you here in California.

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    Linda Bello-Ruiz Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    Thank you, Bev. I'll be home soon!

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