Norman Spinrad — American Author born on September 15, 1940,

Norman Richard Spinrad is an American science fiction author, essayist, and critic. His fiction has won the Prix Apollo and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Hugo Award and multiple Nebula Awards... (wikipedia)

I'm not gifted, but I'm not hopeless.
Mexico was conquered more by manipulation of myth and archetype.
I write in American slang.
I must admit to being greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces.
It's trite to say that the world has gotten smaller in the age of globalization, but my travels have told me that it's wrong to think this means there is some kind of uniform world culture.