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Author Interview: Zoraida Córdova

Welcome to the First Annual “Trick or Treat” Blog Tour hosted by Moonlit Reads!

It has been taken place during the last 13 days of October leading up to Halloween Day. You can trick or treat along the tour finding giveaways, interviews, blurbs, and more! You can find the start of the tour and its schedule here. 

We were lucky enough to be able to interview the lovely and talented  Zoraida Córdova. She’s the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and the upcoming Hollow Crown that is being published next year.Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and the feminist witch anthology, Toil & Trouble.

How much of your own culture do you incorporate into your stories?
The magic and mythology in The Vicious Deep and the Brooklyn Brujas series is made up. The things that influenced the latter are things like food, music, and language. The gods are all named in Spanish. 
 
What made you want to write about brujas?
I always write the story I want to read. There weren’t any books about Brujas for teens and I made that my challenge. 

You’ve included the Duendes and the Cuco in your books before. Do you have any plans on using other monsters in the future?

I don’t have cucos specifically in my books, but the maloscuros in LABYRINTH LOST are inspired by them. I changed them, however, and gave them my own spin. Maloscuros are Brujxs who became corrupt and so they’re rotten and monstrous versions of who they were. 
 
I will always write monsters in my books. 
 
What genre are you most intimidated by? Would you ever write in it?
I think historical has always fascinated me but also been intimidating because I would get lost in research and what I don’t know and never actually start writing. One day! 
 
How do you stay focused on one story when there are so many other stories to write about?
 
This year has been a busy one. I typically work on more than one story at a time. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. As long as I know who the characters are and what they want, I’m fine. 
 
Can you talk a bit about the magic in your upcoming series, Hollow Crown? Will Brujas be included there as well or will it be a different type of magic/witch?
 
HOLLOW CROWN is a project I’m working on with Glasstown Entertainment. It is totally separate from any of my worlds, but the magic will be sensory and mental instead of physical. I can’t say much more right now but I’m excited for people to read about it! 
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed our little interview and check out her books if you haven’t already (our review of Labyrinth Lost is here). And if you want to know more about Zoraida her twitter is here and her website is here.
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