The BKBF Interview: Zoraida Córdova

The BKBF Interview continues this week with author Zoraida Córdova. This weekly series of Q&As features some of this year’s Children’s Day authors. Tune in on Saturday, October 3 as Zoraida Córdova and fellow authors bring their characters to life in the BKBF event, “A Winning Personality.”

Where is your favorite place to read and why?
A very soft couch or a hammock. 

What’s the last book that had you reading past your bedtime?
Jade City by Fonda Lee. This family saga set in a fantasy version of 20th-century Hong Kong blends magic and gangsters in an epic way.

Who made reading important to you?
My grandmother. She has always loved stories and I keep her in mind every time I write. 

Tell us your best book-receiving experience.
One time I was on the 6 train going home. I was listening to The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I was about four chapters from the end, and I could not stop crying. It was cathartic and pushed me to want to write better books. 

What books are currently piled in your “To Be Read” stack … and where can the stack be found in your home?
My TBR is currently out of control and in giant stacks that would be considered fire hazards. On those stacks is White Fox by Sara Faring, Lobizona by Romina Garber, The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson, and Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse. 

Zoraida Córdova, recent author of The Way to Rio Luna, has won awards for her Brooklyn Brujas series, The Vicious Deep trilogy, and Star Wars: A Crash of Fate. She has contributed stories to The New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. Follow her on Twitter @zlikeinzorro, or check out her website at