Betty Viamontes is the author of the novel Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro’s Cuba, based on the story of her family. Her novel was selected by the Gulf Coast Chapter United Nations book club for its February 2016 reading and has been presented at a local university due to its historical relevance. Some of her short stories and poems have been published in a literary magazine, an anthology, and a newspaper. She holds graduate degrees in business administration and accounting from the University of South Florida, where she also received a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing. Currently, she is working on a short story collection that explores social issues within Cuba.