After completing the manuscript, I realized I did have an agenda when writing L.A. Weather. Actually, three: first, I want to make a point that climate change is not something that’s going to happen in 2050. It is here, now. And it’s already affecting our lives in a number of ways that we may not even associate with it. Oscar’s big secret and the reason why he’s about to destroy his marriage and thus his family’s harmony, is directly related to climate change. How can he confess to his wife, Keila, just when things have gone so wrong? Second: the Latinx community in the U.S. is a lot more diverse than the general population perceives. We have Mexican Jews, we have first-generation immigrants, we have Mexicans whose families have been in California before it was invaded by the Americans in 1848. And the main point I want to emphasize here is that young Latinas in the U.S. have become an entrepreneurial force, outnumbering any other demographic group in excelling in college, starting businesses, and developing careers that contribute to our economy. The perceived trope that Latinas stay home to raise their kids needs to be debunked. Yes, they do raise their kids, run their households, and have professional careers, like anyone else. Our overall wealth (the Latinx population in the U.S.) has a comparable GDP to that of France. If Latinos here were a country, we would be the seventh most powerful country on Earth. And this includes not only the rich Latinos, but everyone, including nannies and gardeners and farm workers. I wanted to illustrate all this by creating a universe of Latinx characters from all walks of life: the Alvarados, a well-off Mexican family with three entrepreneurial daughters, and the cast that revolves around their lives. My third and final point has to do with Los Angeles. My goal in selecting L.A. as the backdrop for this story is a tribute of sorts. Yes, the city is crisscrossed by freeways with bumper-to-bumper traffic, and yes, our city is dry as a bone (or flooded, as we just experienced during this past winter), and yes, it seems that our favorite pastime is to pay taxes, but in return we get one of the most diverse and exhilarating cities in our nation with cuisines from 180 countries where we get to play and co-habit with people of every other culture, religion, and nationality. I wrote L.A. Weather while living in New York. This allowed me to see my city from a distance, from a different angle. But I didn’t use a telescope. I used a kaleidoscope because that’s the best way to look at Los Angeles.