Hello everyone! Welcome to Woven In Books. I am so excited for today’s post as I have the author of one of my favourite reads of 2020, Lobizona! Lobizona was such a stunning book and I loved it so much. I am so glad Romina agreed to do this and I hope you’ll enjoy reading the interview just as much as I enjoyed doing it!
Woven In Books is a series which aims to hype diverse books, authors and creators. You can read the previous author interviews, guest posts and blogger interviews from: Woven In Books 2020.
Without further ado, let’s start the interview!
1. Hello Romina and thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview! Lobizona was such a magical book for me. How was the journey of writing this book for you?
Thank you! Writing this book was one of the most liberating experiences I’ve
had as an author because I was able to think in my true tongue—Spanglish.
Freeing myself from the constraints of sticking to one language really helped
me understand these characters their worlds.
2. The world building was stunning. Did you plot out the world before or discovered it as you wrote the story?
So glad you liked it! I’m a true neurotic Virgo, so I always plot before jumping
in. There’s a lot of worldbuilding I did early on that hasn’t even come up yet in
book one—it’s all packed into the sequel!
3. I really loved reading about Manu and her journey of discovering her
herself so how was it for you to write about this character who went on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and friendship?
I really connected with Manu because, even though I’ve been fortunate enough
to have amazing friendships, I’m sort of existentially lonely. I can never quite
figure out where I fit in. So I loved writing Manu’s POV, particularly as she
finds a lot of her answers in the books she loves, which is something I do too!
4. There were so many amazing side characters? Who was your favourite and why?
Thank you! I absolutely adore Saysa. She represents all the hope I hold for the
future. She’s the reason I love writing for teens. Young readers are still open to
the possibility that things can be different and the world can be changed.
5. You explored themes of immigration, misogyny and self-identity through the story. How was it to write all this in a fantasy setting?
I think what’s powerful about exploring these themes through fantasy is that
these heavy topics lose some of their charge. Everyone comes at these concepts
with preconceived notions, yet when you remove all the real-world terminology
and replace it with allegorical representations, it’s easier to open readers’ minds.
6. If you had to choose, what would you like to be? A lobizona or bruja?
7. I loved the ending and how it left me curious for more! What can we
expect from book two?
Book two is set in a supernatural Argentina that has been SO MUCH FUN TO
WRITE! I love it. The story is at once darker and more hopeful, since the stakes
are higher than ever, but so is Manu’s resolve to find her place!
8. Which book/s did you last read and are currently reading?
I’m about to start the stunning Where Dreams Descend and the last book I
finished was the amazing Cemetery Boys!! Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for agreeing to do this!
Romina Garber is a New York Times and international bestselling author whose books include Lobizona & the ZODIAC series. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, Florida, Romina landed her first writing gig as a teen—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.
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