Housekeeper Darcy Santos, 36, made a dream come true and overcome a teenage trauma through literature. After six months of hard work on the streets, Darcy managed to publish a book with the money she got collecting cans in Valparaíso de Goiás, in the surroundings of the Federal District.
“Society is very violent, ‘The Lone Wolf’ brings a story that includes the different in the middle. My son was bullied at school and I took some of what I’ve experienced and witnessed and brought a more reflective story,” he said.
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Darcy said that he wrote the book in one night, but until the publication, there were many nights thinking about the realization of the dream. Between April and October 2021, she interspersed her maid routine with recycling to get her ideas off the computer screen.
Darcy Santos, 36, published a book with money she earned collecting cans, in Valparaíso de Goiás — Photo: Montage/g1
The writer is a teacher by training, completed the course in letters in 2015, but said she never had the opportunity to work in the area. Although the book was released in 2022, Darcy’s history with writing began much earlier, when she was just 15 years old.
“I had an episode of violence and I wrote the book: ‘Marina – Lost innocence through the eyes of a child’. After that, I started writing because writing was a way to get rid of that nightmare I had, it became therapy”, said Darcy.
For the publication of the 52 pages of the fable, it was necessary to gather and sell 130 kilos of cans, according to Darcy. Wearing a T-shirt with the phrase “those who have dreams run after alternatives to make them come true”, the writer walked through streets, avenues and even the Mané Garrincha stadium, in DF.
Darcy Santos, 36, published a book with money she earned collecting cans, in Valparaíso de Goiás — Photo: Arquivo Personal/Darcy Santos
To g1Darcy said he faced challenges, fears and even judgment from people on the streets.
“As we were in the middle of a pandemic, I was afraid of being contaminated with Covid-19. They already thought that I was asking for help to raise my son and there was a day when a gentleman asked me to wear normal clothes, because it could embarrass me, but that encouraged me”, Darcy reported.
Happy with the publication of the book, now a writer sets her sights on a new goal.
“I fulfilled the dream with the publication, but I still have the desire to make a launch. Every time I read the text, I imagined this moment, with and with the presence of the characters (someone wearing costumes) to interact with whoever was going to honor the launch”, described the writer.
Maid publishes children’s book in Valparaíso de Goiás
Darcy said that “The Lone Wolf” reflects life in society, but seeks an alternative to the problems that many people face, such as bullying and loneliness. The fable has three main characters, the lone wolf, the little sheep and the little pig.
The story seeks to integrate the wolf into society, which has already been portrayed as evil in literature. The little sheep, whose main characteristic is persistence, gives a vote of confidence and believes in the wolf. The little pig, on the other hand, is super fearful and always shy, runs from all risky situations to avoid getting hurt.
At the apex of the fable, the little pig and the sheep support the wolf during a fight and, according to Darcy, this is the moral of the story.
“The message of the story is loyalty and respect for others, it is not because the other is different that he should be excluded”, explained Darcy.
The writer said that the physical book, or e-book, can be purchased over the internet, at the main sales sites. The fable is available in English, Portuguese and costs an average of R$45.
Book ‘The Lone Wolf’, written by maid Darcy Santos, in Valparaíso de Goiás — Photo: Reproduction/TV Anhanguera
Now with her first book published, Darcy plans her future in literature. Supported by her family from the beginning, she wants to fly even more.
“Every day I appreciate people’s blessings and receptivity, I intend to continue writing because it’s something that frees me, I have three books ready to publish, but they are stuck because of my financial situation”, narrated the writer.
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