Join WNBA-LA at Chado Team Room: Hollywood for our November meeting! We invite authors to provide more detailed insight and thought-provoking aspects of their books. Join us for our semi-annual Literary Team meeting!
Date: November 16, 2019 Time: 2:00-5:00PM Price: $30 members $35 non-members Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite #209, Hollywood, CA 90028
WNBA-LA Blog Editor, Laurel Cole, had the chance to ask award-winning writer Lilliam Rivera a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:
Laurel Cole: “What attracted you to writing young adult novels?”
Lilliam Rivera:” I grew up reading Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton novels when I was young. Although I started my writing career as a journalist, it took me many years to get over this fear of writing fiction. After taking writing classes at UCLA I noticed how every story I wrote would feature a sixteen year old Latina. I love trying to capture that intense time, what I like to call the discovery of firsts— first kiss, first revolutionary act, first major disappointment! It’s so ripe for fiction.”
LC: “What type of writer are you? (Outliner, panster, do you know the ending when you start, etc?)”
LR: “I usually try to write a one-page synopsis to the novel I am hoping to write before I start. I may not look atthe synopsis again after I do it but I definitely need to know how the story ends before I begin.”
LC: “Where is your favorite place to write?”
LR: “My favorite place to write would be my home office but since I don’t actually have a home office whereI’m writing at that given time is my favorite place. I try not to put too much emphasis on where because I just want to be able to write wherever and whenever.”
LC: “What is a challenge that you encountered when emerging as an author?
LR: “The challenge I found is my own self doubt, the belief that my story wasn’t valuable enough to be published. I had to really own up to loving my first novel and being fearless in saying that. With my second novel, I don’t have that. Although there is always self doubt creeping in, I just try to work around it.”
LC: “Do you have any advice to share with aspiring authors?”
LR: “My advice is to dedicate every day towards your art. This doesn’t mean writing so many words per day but just really focusing on your writing project even if it’s for one hour so you can reach THE END. You want to finish your project!”
LC: “Anything else you would like to share with your readers?”
LR: “As much as I love writing my novels I love meeting people. Writing can be such a solitary act and stepping out and talking to other people who love literature as much as I do is a real treat.”
Have more questions for Lilliam? Be sure to join us at the Global Voices: Hispanic Heritage event at Creating Conversations in Redondo Beach on October 19th where Lilliam will be joined by fellow authors Mireya Vela and Jennifer Torres. Best part? It’s free!
October is Latino Heritage Month, and WNBA-LA will be celebrating by hosting Global Voices: Hispanic Heritage on 10/16 (2pm at Creating Conversations). Join us to hear more from these amazing authors.
Mireya Vela, a Mexican-American writer, storyteller, and artist who lives in LA. Her work focuses on the needs, issues and inequalities faced by immigrant Mexican families.
Also joining, will be children’s author, Jennifer Torres. Ms. Torres writes colorful children’s books that celebrate culture and tradition. She currently lives in California with her husband and 2 daughters.
Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams (March 2019) and The Education of Margot Sanchez (February 2018), available in bookstores everywhere. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Tin House, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles
Who needs to bar crawl when you can Lit Crawl? The 6th Annual LA Lit crawl is coming this weekend, so make sure you are charged up and rested for a “ready” good time!
With multiple venues and pop-up participants, the streets of LA will be transformed into a book lover’s paradise.
Locations include the Central Library, Love Song Bar, China Town Hub, and The Last Bookstore. Authors and vendors will be in abundance, so make sure to add the LA Lit Crawl to your weekend plans (Sunday 10/6).