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Fighting Femicide

As a child, author Stella Pope Duarte dreamed of writing, but she never dreamed she'd end up writing about violent crime.

"I always loved literature as a kid, always. I loved to tell stories," said Duarte, a Phoenix native and adjunct creative-writing professor at Arizona State University and Phoenix College. However, said Duarte, "That's not something that I said when I was 12 years old: 'Someday, I'd like to write about murders.'"

When Duarte learned about the serial mutilation and murder of more than 400 young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, since 1993, she knew she could not ignore it--so she began her latest book, If I Die in Juárez.

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