What is your greatest challenge when writing?
The insecurity that always sneaks along.
What do you consider your greatest rewards?
Being part of a community of people who love books. I’ve made some of my friends through this industry.
Do you feel like it was harder to get published as a latina writer?
That’s a complicated question. I can’t say if it was harder. I do believe that we’ve had a problem in publishing for a long time. Before We Need Diverse Books came on the scene in 2014, publishers had very different ways of acquiring books. My first book was rejected for a number of reasons but some of the ones that stuck with me were “we already have a Latina book like this.” No one says that about sweet summer romances. The microaggressions in publishing are hard to explain because someone will always try to correct you.
I know that there has always been one kind of story expected from Latinx people. But now we are seeing so many different voices like authors Anna-Marie McLemore, Lilliam Rivera, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Lily Anderson
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Do you listen to music when writing?
If yes, which genre do you prefer?
It depends! I grew up on two things: old school salsa music and alternative rock. I listen to a mix of both because they both make up the soundtrack of my life. When I write I always have two playlists. One with lyrics and one with scores from movies and TV shows. My scores are mostly from SFF things like Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones, but I always add some Gustavo Santaolalla’s guitar solos.
If there’s a Bruja playlist I’m BEGGING you to share
It’s a little mixed! I like to play the same song over and over until I focus. Some on my Bruja Born list is:
- Judith by A Perfect Circle
- Lost River by Murder by Death
- Release Me by The Like
- Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves
- Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
- I Miss the Misery by Halestorm
- Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
- Someday You Will Be Loved by Death Cab for Cutie
- Hoy by Gloria Estefan
- Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
What’s your normal day-to-day routine like and how can you fit writing in “real” life?
Any advice for other latinx readers and writers?
(EXTRA Q for those who have read the book)
WHY DID YOU LEAVE THE ENDING LIKE THAT??
LOL. Bruja Born is a complete novel on is own! I’m very proud of the ending the sisters figured out. The epilogue isn’t Lula’s ending. It’s Rose’s beginning. Now, onto book 3.
To wrap this up I only have one thing left to tell you: I love you and your books
THANK YOU SO MUCH!