The son of mexican immigrants,LUIS J.RODRIGUEZ began writing in his early teens and has wo natinal recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction whiter, children's book whiter, and critic. Currently working as a peacemaker among gangs on a natinal and international level, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha's cafe and Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Always Running, by Luis T. Rodriguez,is a book based on a certain chapter of the author's life story. Rodriguez's life was centered in the fact that he was involved in gang life during his teen years like the title of his book he was constantly running whether it be a crime scene or the police la Vida Loca a Spanish phrase meaning the crazy life is the term used in the novel to depict the gang warfare that Rodriguez went through as he was growing up a crazy life is a vague and general term used to describe someone out of the norm life however the teen life that Luis Rodriguez went through includes innumerable gang shootings beatings and arrests as well as acts of street crimes that cost the lives of his friends and family members this crazy life however did not just pop out of nowhere it progressively and steadily built from little events and influences into a full-fledged hardcore gangster life Luis Rodriguez childhood life started out by the constant torture and beating that his older brother Rano inflicted upon him Rano would push Luis off the roof of the house knocking the wind out of the poor kid or smashing a metal bucket onto his head causing a gash in Luis head to spout blood in another incident Rano would tie a rope around his brothers head and play cowboy why yanking and groping on the rope The abuse that Rano imposed on his younger brother also inspired the children of the barrio or neighborhood to torment Luis another major part of Luis childhood was moving. His family was constantly moving from one city to another because of the lack of acknowledging Luis fathers achievements in Mexico it was hard for him to find a stable job in the United States other than a mere laborer each time the family moved there were new obstacles as a kid to overcome over the years of moving from one country.