Writing “Arribada” is a way of expressing my heartbreak about beautiful places loved yet neglected by their inhabitants; and at the same time, the undying hope, optimism, and courage people who advocate to save these places give me for the future.
One of my favorite things about writing is the discoveries, and I find the longer form of the novel forces you to discover a lot.
Characters are like anyone else—you have to hang out with them before you get to know them.
The longer you write, the better you get at reading and revising your own work. Writing really is 90% revision.
Public health and fiction share a desire to elicit reactions… both examine experiences in order to better understand human motivations and actions, as well as the systems that dictate our decision-making.
We live not just in a culture but a world of success. All my stories deal with the “mediocre” people, who are left out. Ultimately, that may be just about all of us.
I felt compelled to start the conversation about what had happened, addressing the crippling legacy of shame and guilt from leaving our babies decades ago.