Javier A. Robayo emigrated from Ecuador to Connecticut at the age of 13. When he arrived with his family on American soil, after waiting seven years for immigration documents to be approved, he didn\u2019t speak English. From the time he arrived, Robayo said, he was forced to endure racial, cultural and economic prejudice during his freshman year at Shelton High School. However, he kept most of these challenges to himself. It was only with the publication this spring of My Two Flags, a fictionalized memoir detailing Robayo\u2019s first year in the country, that his close family member and friends learned about events that took place 25 years ago. Robayo will sign copies of My Two Flags at the Fairfield University Bookstore on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 3. Because Robayo didn\u2019t want to burden his parents with the bullying he endured, he filled many notebooks with journal entries about his daily trials. \u201cAfter all we went through to get here, I couldn\u2019t complain and whine,\u201d Robayo said. Every night Robayo translated these notebooks from Spanish into English because he was committed to mastering his new language. Robayo\u2019s personal narrative is told through the eyes of his character, Antonio Amaya, the protagonist in My Two Flags. When his father and uncle, with whom the Robayo family lived, read the manuscript, they were surprised to learn that he had been physically attacked and lonely because students were intolerant of a foreigner. 'No idea' \u201cThey were crying so much afterward and said, \u2018We had no idea,\u2019\u201d Robayo said. Although many years have passed, Robayo is emotional as he recounts some of the incidents he writes about in My Two Flags. His family is one of millions who have come to the United States in search of safety and security. \u201cMany immigrants are looking for a better way of life and they\u2019ve fought tooth and nail to get here,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019ve come here to reach their potential.\u201d After graduating from Shelton High School, Robayo settled in Pennsylvania, where he attended college and eventually took a job in a steel mill. \u201cThat was a 13-year nightmare,\u201d Robayo said. \u201cIt was a very dangerous job. The employees were treated as if they were an inconvenience rather than an asset to the company. There were many unfair practices, too.\u201d Robayo stayed with the company, though, because he had met his wife, Sheri, and they wanted to start a family. In same way he parlayed his immigrant experience into a compelling page-turner, Robayo is working on a novel that deals with his work in the steel mill. Writing has always been in Robayo\u2019s life. In fact, he said that writing his first two novels, The Gaze and The Next Chapter, \u201csaved my sanity, my life and even my marriage.\u201d 'Able to think clearer' \u201cWhen I got around to developing My Two Flags, I was over that emotional low and was able to think clearer,\u201d Robayo said. \u201cWriting was my escape and the only thing that kept me believing I could give my Sheri and our girls the dream life I want for them.\u201d My Two Flags is published by New England Endeavors, an independent publishing company Robayo founded this year with four other professional writers. Robayo is in the process of moving to Clinton with his wife and two daughters, Kendra Marie, 9, and Amber Gabrielle, 6. His parents, Jaime and Ana, live in Ansonia. He and his sister Lorena Bedoya, who also lives in Ansonia with her husband and three sons, are as close as the brother and sister, Antonio and Paola, in the novel. Information about My Two Flags may be found at javierrobayoauthor.com. Details about the Fairfield book signing are available at fairfieldbooks.bkstr.com or email@example.com.