Selena Quintanilla Perez, as most Texans know, was gunned down by her former fan-club president Yolanda Saldivar in a Corpus Christi motel in March 1995, just as the Tejano superstar was crossing over into English-language pop with her albumDreaming of You
and its title-track single. She remains one of the most popular entertainers to ever come out of the Lone Star State. And now, 15 years after her death, Selena is also an author. Or a co-author anyway, at least according to her former publicist. Latino pop-culture/media blogGuanabee
reported this morning that Cristina Castrellón had a little help in writing her new book Selena:
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; namely from Selena herself via a psychic who told Castrellón a long-haired dark woman in a red dress was following her around. Guess who that turned out to be?
After the psychic informed Castrellón of Selena's posthumous interest, the publicist - who worked for Selena from 1993 to 1995 - apparently decided to just go ahead and let her former employer tell her side of what really happened at that Corpus Days Inn the morning of March 31, 1995. If you'll remember, the 1997 film Selena kind of glossed over the whole incident, although former Texas Monthly scribe Joe Nick Patoski did not in his 2002 book Selena: Como la Flor. (Still, Rocks Off thinks that movie and Out of Sight are still the best acting we've ever seen Jennifer Lopez do.)
Conveniently, Castrellón's book is scheduled for publication next month, just in time for the 15th anniversary of Selena's death. We're guessing the once and future "Queen of Tejano Music" may have had a hand in that, too.