Mojito! is fictional, so none of the plot is based on reality. Many of the personalities in Mojito! really exist - but not in their Mojito forms. There is no mafia in Havana - and if there is, I didn't meet it's chief. I modeled the Manuel (not his real name) character's personality around a friend there who speaks excellent English so I reinvented him as a main character who drives much of the plot. But he's not a criminal and not dangerous. Since Mojito! was written CNN has opened a news bureau there, so Kate really wouldn't need to go down to Cuba to do a story. Joel is based on a real character I met over a decade ago that I did help out with milk. A couple of years ago I ran into him again; he was body guarding a foreign rich guy and has grown to be fully able to look after himself and his family. There is no CIA guy (that I know of) in Cuba, but Hadrian Felix is based upon a buddy's father who was with the Latin Section of the CIA for many years. Damian Merrarro died a few years ago of an infection he got from an operation. Ronaldo the helicopter pilot is based on a boxer I met.
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.