Luis Jaramillo is the first Aspen Words writer-in-residence of 2019.
Jaramillo is best known for his 2012 book “The Doctor’s Wife,” a collection of vignettes about three generations of a family.
During his residency, he’s working on a novel called “The Witches of El Paso,” which is set both in Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As the title suggests, there are witches and worshippers of Santa Muerte, the goddess of death.
Jaramillo has been working on the novel for five years. He says, at times, it’s felt like a marathon, but he’s enjoyed the race.
"For me, and for pretty much all the other writers I know, the alternative of not writing is much worse than the difficulty of sticking with something," he said.
He reads from and discusses “The Witches of El Paso” starting at 5:30 p.m. at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar.