Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stacy Conde. author of "The Red Speck" to read at ActivistArtistA Gallery

Stacy Conde

”I Had A Thought, Or
Did The Thought Have Me?”

ActivistArtistA Gallery
April 20, 2014 | 4 PM
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

”I Had A Thought, Or
Did The Thought Have Me?”

On Sunday, April 20th, 2014 – These questions and more will be
answered at the ActivistArtistA Gallery as part of the BEAT GENERATION EXHIBITION

ActivistArtistA Gallery is hosting a conversation and reading with S. Conde, author of “The Red Speck” on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 4 PM. 

The Red Speck, An Allegorical Fairy Tale for Adults by S. Conde

The Red Speck is an esoteric chronicle of one woman’s journey within to repair psychological trauma accrued over the course of a lifetime.  Sophia, the book’s protagonist, must repair and release old wounds in order to move forward from the life she has to the life she wants. 
Steeped in metaphysical imagery, and carefully written allegory, The Red Speck is a story within a story.  The themes of love, loss, abandonment, betrayal and acceptance are woven throughout.
 “The Red Speck grew out of an obsession.  I wrote, and re-wrote what became the first chapter annually for twenty years.  Finally, it occurred to me, that I was stuck in that moment, in that incident.  I had been wandering those woods for thirty years.  Once the epiphany came, I was free.   I knew how to complete the story that had been trapped in my head forever.”
S. Conde was born and raised in Miami, Florida, the breathtaking natural beauty of which is evident in the intensely visual settings of The Red Speck.  Her characters too, reflect the Southern, Cuban, and Afro Cuban cultures so prevalent in her uniquely South Floridian upbringing.
 “"The Red Speck" blends lush, sensuous imagery with raw emotion on an individual's otherworldly journey to psychological wholeness. Sophie's heartbreak leads her to awaken in an unknown but strangely familiar world in which she meets and learns from gorgeous archetypal characters tinged with the colors of Miami and the old South.  While an engaging story on its own, the reader will find genuine insight into into their own fixations that hold them back from happiness, including hints on how to move forward. The author has a gift for taking airy spiritual and psychological experiences and thoroughly grounding them in the body. She accomplishes this by painting vivid, emotionally engaging scenes with words, evoking a visceral and sympathetic response in the reader in a manner similar to the techniques found in the poetry of Rumi. In this way the protagonist's alchemical transmutation of leaden emotions to joyous golden freedom becomes our own. Highly recommended.” – Amazon Reader Review
The Red Speck is available on,, and locally at Books and Books.

S. Conde’s author page :


The Red Speck by Stacy Conde
The Red Speck by Stacy Conde

About the author:

I was born in Miami, Florida long before it was cool to be from Miami, Florida. As a result, I had the pleasure of growing up in old Florida, the kitsch version...the decidedly Southern version. My youth was filled with coral castles, smiling mermaids, pools with great circular windows looking out onto hotel lobbies, and the smell of orange blossoms. The breathtaking natural beauty of our fair peninsula and her surrounding islands is always with me, no matter how far I stray.
The Mariel boatlift of 1980, marked the end of my innocence and the beginning of a long term affair with the Cuban people. I was eleven. The images of men, women and children crammed onto anything that would float was both inspiring and heartbreaking. I saw grown men in tattered clothes collapse on our shores, and watched women cry as they held babies, dead from dehydration... They risked all for freedom. It affected me deeply.
My family life was far from idyllic, but thankfully, I always had my grandparents to provide me with unconditional love and a sense of how people who care for each other are meant to behave.
These early experiences and influences are evident in my writing, they are the palette from which I paint.  As an adult, I strive to find meaning in life’s seemingly unconnected occurrences, pulling concepts from psychology, physics, religion, and esoteric wisdom. 
I had no choice but to write "The Red Speck". The first chapter became somewhat of an obsession. I wrote versions of the same tale annually for no less than twenty years.   Visionary Fiction is my chosen genre, although various forms of writing can be found on my blog,

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