Q&A with Zoraida Cordova: Brought to You By Diversity December Bingo

Sunday, 18 December 2016

I wanted to write a Latina version of Charmed for a long time. I always loved the sister dynamic. Latinxs are very family oriented, and the bond of magic was something I wanted to explore. How does that affect each sister differently? 

I love fairy tales and myths. But instead of writing a retelling, I really wanted to create my own magical system. Even though there are some Latinx superstitions that I used in Labyrinth Lost, there isn't a Latin-American mythology that exists. This is because Latin America isn't a country. So I created my own gods, spells, and magical system to go with the brujas of the story. 

I'd say the scene in the Meadow del Sol is my favorite. I had a lot of fun writing it, and wish it was longer. 

It's a toss up between Mama Juanita, who is a composite of women in my family, and Alex herself. Alex is complicated. She comes from a working class family. They get by, but Alex's mother is a single parent, and she has three daughters to care for. So Alex struggles with wanting to be the best she can be so she can take care of her mother and sisters one day. But still feels that she has to choose between being magical and being human. Alex has a lot of fears, and the entire book was me trying to help her overcome them until she discovers her potential.
Alex - Slytherdor 
Lula - Gryffindor 
Nova - Slytherin 
Rose - Hufflepuff
Rishi - Gryffindor 
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Allegedly by Tiffany M. Jackson

This is a tough one because there are so many different reasons to own a book. But I'll say The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz because it is incredible.

New Adult is one of those things that's more of an age group than anything else. My take on NA is girls in their mid-twenties who are fucking up at life and have to figure out how to fix things. Also find true love. I just want to write honestly about what it's like being a young woman circa-now. My NA is contemporary romance, so it fills a different need than writing fantasy. Though I believe romance is a fantasy in its own right.

My stepdad reads all of my books. Even the romance ones. He's brutally honest. Most of the adults in my family aren't readers, and the ones who are, like my grandma don't read in English. If I ever get a Spanish translation contract, my grandma is the first one who gets a copy. Mostly they wonder why I spend all day at home on my computer crying on deadline (just kidding).

Dhonielle Clayton because we want to change the world for the girls we used to be, and the girls out there now.

Thanks so much to Zoraida for answering questions you guys had!

4 comments on "Q&A with Zoraida Cordova: Brought to You By Diversity December Bingo"
  1. Thanks for this awesome Q&A! I absolutely adored this book! I wish my mother was as supportive as Alex's. I can't wait for the next book of the series!!

    Sending you love.

  2. This book sounds really good and unique! Really enjoyed reading this interview :)

  3. I loved this! Really enjoyed the question you asked, and it really made me want to pick up the book.


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