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MoA&A Interview #31: Zoraida Córdova

So here we are…the very last day of July’s Month of Artist & Author interviews! It’s been another super-fun ride. I’ve been honored to host such amazing creators. As always, I encourage you to check them out.  If you missed any, don’t worry, you can still find them all on the Interviews Tab.

I was *this* close to letting Elaine Isaak close out this month yesterday with just an overview today…but I can’t skimp on you guys. YOU DESERVE THE WHOLE MONTH!

So when my YouTube digest came in with the newest Vlog from my gorgeous new author friend from NYC Zoraida Córdova, I knew I had to drop her a line. Zoraida was one of the women who performed with me at the May Lady Jane’s Salon reading, and I later joined her at her own launch party for her novel The Vicious Deep. If you’re a fan of mermaids (like I am), you need to be into this book. The sequel, The Savage Blue, releases in January of 2013.

Zoraida, darling, much love to you and your incredibly supportive family. Thank you so much for being my finale!

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Author or Artist?
Artist!

Who are your professional role models?
My MOM. Also, Libba Bray, Holly Black, and Ryan Lochte because he is a professional merman.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Thunder with a chance of rain.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
18 & Life – Skid Row (don’t judge me.)

If you could win any award, which would it be?
The best hair award

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Magical powers.

What was your favorite book as a child?
The Little Leftover Witch

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Don’t wear the pink lycra.

What’s your favorite constellation?
I don’t really know any. I just like looking up at the stars.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Errrr….. “The Little Mermaid.”  [LOL Raise your hand if you’re surprised! ~Alethea]

What thing are you most proud of?
My family. We all left everything to come to America in pursuit of better things.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
1. Travel — Greece, Italy, England, Denmark, Egypt, Ireland, Scotland, Australia.
2. Write the best novel I possibly can.
3. Be loved.

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night. You can find Zoraida online at http://www.zoraidawrites.com. Watch her vlog on her ZoraidaLand YouTube Channel.

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Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

New reviews are up at Intergalactic Medicine Show!

I’m off for the next two months while on book tour — in the meantime, my review column will be usurped by my dear friend and fellow Codexian Jamie Todd Rubin. I for one am really looking forward to his reviews–which have a decidedly more sci-fi flavor. I’m hoping that after the tour, Jamie will stick around to be a co-reviewer…

Title: The Vicious Deep
Author: Zoraida Córdova
EAN: 9781402265105

Zoraida Córdova is one of those impossible beautiful young women, the kind you keep glancing at to make sure she’s really still there, and not just a figment of your imagination. When she read from her debut novel The Vicious Deep at Lady Jane’s Salon this month, I expected from the title that the content would be dark and angry and thick. But the scene she began to read was in the startlingly light and honest voice of a handsome teenage lifeguard on Coney Island . . .who has just discovered that he’s a merman.

And Tristan Hart isn’t just any old merman – he’s the grandson of the Sea King, and heir to the throne. Tristan’s gorgeous, red-haired mother, Maia, was the Sea King’s eldest daughter who fell in love with a human and traded in her fins for a life on land. It’s hard to force Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” out of your mind when reading – it’s almost a continuing tale, as if Ariel and Eric had a son, and this is his story… (Read more)

 

Title: Wuftoom
Author: Mary G. Thompson
EAN: 9780547637242

Mary G. Thompson and I are book twins: our debut titles released on the exact same day (May 8, 2012) from the exact same publisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). We were also scheduled to appear on the same panel at Books of Wonder the weekend before our release date (along with David Macinnis Gill, Paolo Bacigalupi, Galaxy Craze, Kat Klimo, and Elizabeth Norris) to chat about young adult fantasy and science fiction. I thought it only fitting that I acquire her book from our publisher (which is a magical power book twinsies can perform before release dates) and read it.

I had no idea what I was getting into. But then, I had no idea what a Wuftoom was. Where Vicious Deep was deceptively delightful, Wuftoom brought the dark, in spades. (Read more)

 

 

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