Colorado native and Denverite Anthony Garcia specializes in telling the stories of the voices who are often not heard.
“All my books have that theme,” he said. “I write the stories of the little voices.”
Garcia’s latest book, “Alien Expatriates,” was published in December last year. It is fiction based in reality, following the story of iTalli, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration recipient from Denver, and Nephy, a giant from another planet.
It’s “a love story from a man’s point of view,” Garcia said. “It’s funny, but also deals with serious topics such as deportation.”
The two are aliens and form a special friendship as Nephy tries to comprehend an earthling’s profound feelings of love.
“The interplay of both aliens brings in the love passages of famous writers as Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Garcia-Marquez, Luis Borges and Garcia Lorca to share the deep felt passages of a definition of love from both aliens on the run from authorities,” Garcia said.
The story tells of an enticing relationship in a coming-of-age scenario. It includes some sci-fi knowledge, which Garcia shared to provide an insight of, perhaps, what aliens from another planet possess in their capabilities.
It’s “a fun prose,” Garcia said.
Q&A with Anthony Garcia
In what ways do you think Denver readers will connect with “Alien Expatriates?”
The tale of iTalli, who laments the loss of his girlfriend and his journey being sent back to Puebla, Mexico, is common for many Mexican alien expatriates who are sent back involuntarily.
Nephy. the epitome of an educated American expatriate, is also on the run from the ‘men-in-shades’ authorities and question his true reason to be on this planet. The play on words will entice readers to question who really is an expatriate.
What did you find most enjoyable about writing iTalli and Nephy’s story?
iTalli, in many ways, is a version of many DACA kids that are committed to being good citizen examples and make the most of their opportunity in this country. The first-generation Mexican workers have demonstrated outstanding work ethic and accomplishments, and I wanted to demonstrate their virtues and abilities of success in the USA.
I wanted to show with Nephy — while alien beings have been visiting our planet for eons — typically seek to avoid human contact. But in this instance, a relationship-friendship was formed by two very different individuals, yet both aliens.
Where to get the book
All of Anthony Garcia’s books are available online. He also showcases his books, and is available for a meet-and-greet every First Friday at Denver’s Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive.
Garcia is working on a play version of his 2017 book, “Watili, the Native American Slave Heroine.” He is also working on a book about the coming together of spirituality and religion, inspired by his October 2022 completion of the Camino de Santiago, which is a pilgrimage of medieval origin. Its various routes all finish in northern Spain.