Espinas/Thorns, about the Franciscan missionary Venerable Friar Antonio Margil de Jesus, was published in a Spanish edition in March 2012 by the Franciscan Province of Saints Peter and Paul of Michoacan, Mexico. The book was reviewed and approved by the postulator of the canonisation cause for Venerable Father Antonio Margil de Jesus in Rome, Italy, and is now being translated into English.
Fernando Perez Valdez is a full time writer with special focus on historical novels based on the lives of Spanish missionaries who lived during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Morir en Japon, To Die in Japan, Espinas/Thorns, and Siempre Alelante/Always Forward. Fernando Valdez currently lives in Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico and is a member of the Historical Novel Society.