Third Person:

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

First person:

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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.



Bustle: Creating The Fantasy World Of ‘Labyrinth Lost’ Meant Staying True To My Roots

Hypable: Exclusive Book Trailer Reveal

Diversity in YA: On Finding My Place in Fantasy

Bookpage: Zoraida Cordova’s Brooklyn



A Page With a View Q&A

Read Diverse Books Q&A

NPR: 3 YA Fantasies Reads For Fall 

Buzzfeed: 23 YA Books You MUST Read This Fall 

Makers: 8 Female Authors to Read in Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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



Alethea Kontis interviews me for The Waterworld Mermaids



Overdrive: BEA edition

Papercuts Podcast Episode #7

Booktrib with Rachel Carter Episode#2

8 Responses to About

  1. Natalya says:

    I can’t wait for these two either! I’ve only read one memraid YA novel, but I really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to read more memraid books. The cover for The Vicious Deep is quite creepy. I love it!Jennie

  2. Gorgeous- soaked in melancholy but sprinkled with optimism. Thank you

  3. sunny says:

    i luv the vicious deep trilogy and ur other books
    luv u xox

  4. Check out the Bluffton Book Festival, we would love to see you there!!!

  5. Angela says:

    Hi, I have a student that is reading your book Labirynth Lost. She is wondering if Alex uses her hands when doing magic. If you could clarify this, I would appreciate it.

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