Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I'm just a God-loving and social justice obsessed chica originally from Puerto Rico. I also have an undergraduate degree in English Writing and a graduate degree in Social Work. My main goal is to write to inspire others and give a voice to issues I'm passionate about. I've currently written two books: "Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook" and "Social Justice Advocacy 101: How to Become a Social Justice Advocate from A to Z". The first was inspired by a romantic relationship, which then led to a book about different kinds of love in my world. The second is an easy to follow guide to help readers start advocating for issues their passionate about.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'll stop anywhere to write. It doesn't matter if I'm at work, a family member's house, on a date, hanging out with friends, or in the car. I'm always writing down my thoughts, ideas, and lines on my work notebook, random pieces of scrap paper I beg from my family, on my phone even though I'm with people, or dictating to Siri.
What authors have influenced you?
There are so many! Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, and Esmeralda Santiago are some of my biggest influences. However, my favorite book is "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would say to write for the sake of writing itself. If you write while thinking about literary criticism, you'll find yourself freezing up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My writing philosophy stems from a famous Benjamin Franklin quote: "If you're not writing things worth reading, do things worth writing.
What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading "Royal Holiday" by Jasmine Guillory and "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Author Within" by Natalie Goldberg.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I would say that my biggest weakness is being a people pleaser. It's difficult to say no and to do my own thing sometimes.
What is your favorite book of all time?
As I mentioned before, my favorite book of all time is definitely "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott!
What has inspired you and your writing style?
When I decided to go into post-secondary education and the workforce, I noticed I had a choice. I could either do a job that forced me to write or one that inspired me to write. As I went into social work, you can imagine which one I picked!
What are you working on now?
I'll be working on a blog post for Orange Blossom Publishing.
What is your method for promoting your work?
Surprisingly enough, Facebook and Twitter are my best friends.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I would like to publish my first novel.
How well do you work under pressure?
While it's not my favorite, I am definitely up for the task.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I think it depends on what my goal is with that piece of writing, such as if I'm trying to convince, inspire, or educate the reader.
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