One of 2023’s most inspirational memoir of an ex-convict turned successful entrepreneur is From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks by William Licea

March 20 12:21 2023

Author William Licea has announced the April 11, 2023 release of his harrowing memoir, From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks. This transformative true story challenges social norms about what it means to be a statistic and amplifies the marginalized voices that are too often silenced by violence, discrimination, and the prison-industrial complex.

Book cover of From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks (Left: Spanish edition; Right: English edition)

From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks chronicles Will’s life, starting with his first criminal experiences as a 12 year old burning and stealing cars. After a stint in juvenile detention and two decades in prison as an adult, Will harnessed his survival-at-all-costs mentality to redeem himself as a free man. He started as a laborer on the bottom rung of the construction industry and gradually worked his way up to new heights. As a leader in New York’s skyscraper construction business, Will now helps other inmates make the most of their second chances by giving them a job, a purpose, and a vision of what’s possible. 

Fans of actor Danny Trejo’s memoir, Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood, will find much to appreciate in this compelling story. In addition to Licea’s personal experiences, From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks is a powerful commentary on the long-lasting stigma of prison in America and the need for meaningful support structures after inmates are released.

Licea hopes that his memoir will inspire readers by showing that it’s possible to find success and love even after years of fighting for the bare minimum. With elements of self-help and themes of resilience and perseverance, From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever felt overlooked, unseen, or unheard.

From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks will be available on Amazon for pre-order on March 7, 2023, with the full release to follow on April 11, 2023. This title will also be available in Spanish as Del Ardiente Fuego Al Paraiso. Other retailers carrying the book include Barnes & Noble.

Introduced to the criminal life at an early age on the merciless streets of the South Bronx, William “Cuban Will” Licea, the son of Cuban immigrants, spent most of his youth and adult life in prison. After his release, he worked his way up in the New York skyscraper business and now employs former inmates who need a second chance of their own. Licea discovered a passion for writing while penning his memoir, From Burning Blocks to Building Blocks. Visit him on Instagram @S_Y_G_I_N_C or at his author website

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