Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Rene Saldana

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Johnson

Third Advisor

Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias


This is a creative thesis, the first 87 pages of an original novel divided into 14 chapters. This story takes place along the Mexican-American border and has elements of humor, mystery, witchcraft, and murder. It is written in first person from the point of view of the main character, Matt. Matt's normal life begins to change when he becomes best friends with a flamboyantly gay hairdresser who introduces him to Celeste - a mother of four, Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), and a self proclaimed witch. Celeste practices the dark side of the craft; and when she feels the need for more control, no one escapes her wrath, not Matt, Del, her children, or her patients. The critical introduction outlines my experiences with writing, my influences, and provides an analysis of Celeste, Del, and Matt.


Copyright 2006 Jacqueline S. Gill. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American