Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro
I write YA Urban Fantasy about mermaids and other things that go bump in the night. I also write about 20-something-year-old-girls searching for love and the meaning of life. I often wish my life were a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sex and the City. I’m a contributing writer to Latinos in Kid Lit because #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
I’ve always loved stories about magic and impossible worlds. Other things I love: Harry Potter FOREVER. I’m always either sorted into Ravenclaw or Slytherin, so instead I pledge to the mermaids of the Black Lake. Moon Prism Power. Five by five. Orlando Bloom’s Face. Daughter of Poseidon. I love you/I know.
Frequently asked questions:
Where did you go to school?
I went to high school in Queens, New York. I studied at Hunter College and the University of Montana in Missoula.
Who are your biggest creative influences?
Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Libba Bray, Holly Black, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was thirteen. I started writing ever since a teacher assigned an extra credit short story. It was supposed to be three pages and it ended up being twenty pages. I only got a check plus!
Will you come to my town?
I will be traveling more during 2016! For more dates see my events page.
Will you visit my school, library, or book club?
I’d love to! I also offer a FREE 30 minute Skype session when you order 10 or more of my books. For more information see my visit page.
For critique services click here.
GUEST POSTS & ESSAYS:
Hypable: Exclusive Book Trailer Reveal
Diversity in YA: On Finding My Place in Fantasy
Bookpage: Zoraida Cordova’s Brooklyn
INTERVIEWS & SPOTLIGHTS:
Buzzfeed: 23 YA Books You MUST Read This Fall
Huffington Post: Young Adult Authors Honor Hispanic Heritage Month
Latina Magazine: Inspiring Young Latina: Zoraida Córdova
Cosmopolitan: Vampires, Werewolves and–mermaids? Oh my!
Cosmopolitan: 5 Latina YA Authors You Need on Your Radar
Latin Post: Fantasy, Diversity, and Self.
Holly M. Campbell: Adventures in Writing w/ Zoraida
Latina Lista: Mermaids in America originally posted in Diversity in YA