Self-published books by South Miami man who confessed to wife’s murder on Facebook offer tidbits of real life

Derek Medina, the man who confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife and posted a photo of her dead body for his 164 Facebook friends to see, was a self-published author who wrote several e-books on topics ranging from saving lives to marriage and ghost hunting.

An 11-chapter book published in February 2013 titled, How I Saved Someone’s Life and Marriage and Family Problems Thru Communication, is dedicated to four people, including his murdered wife Jennifer Alfonso.

The characters in the book seem to portray real elements of the life shared by Medina and Alfonso.

The book starts with a tale about a character named James and how he saved his grandmother’s life.

Then Medina writes about James’ relationship with his wife Cristine. He says in the book that James and Cristine were married, then divorced, but are now married again and how hard the between time was for James.

In real life, Medina and Alfonso married in April 2012, got divorced and then were re-married, according to county records.

“I know in life we sometimes put ourselves in bad situations and need to think of ways to escape it without being harmed,” Medina writes in his e-book.

Medina also writes about how hard being in and out of marriage was on James.

“James has gone thru a rough year.”

He talks about how both James and Cristine didn’t express their true feelings when they fought.

“Keeping things inside doesn’t help the situation, it just makes it worse.”

After all of the fights, James and Cristine would sit down and try to talk about their problems.

“They were in two different worlds,” Medina writes. “They just couldn’t understand each other.”

Medina also writes about how much James loves to spend time with his stepdaughter Isa and how that relationship reminds him of James’ own relationship with his stepfather Michael.

“James feels like his whole family is greater than Jesus and God.”

Medina also writes about how James felt when he found out both of his grandmothers had breast cancer.

“James had to get a lot of anger out of his system.”

He then talks about how reflective James can be.

“James can look back at his life with a lot of regrets but also feeling he got to experience what life is really about. It’s doing great things and saving other people’s lives.”

He writes that communication can cure almost anything.

“Prevent accidents from happening from communication with each other.”

Toward the end, Medina tells readers he wrote the book to show people how important communication and love can be.

“Love is not taking the easy way out to resolve the problems ... Love will hit you right in your face and knock you down.”

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