You say you love alliteration and em dashes (me, too!), but increasingly publishers and agents are pushing toward a more "internet" style of writing that eschews any 'fancy' punctuation or stylistics excesses. They want bare-bones story and little else (an agent literally told me, if you have parenthesis or semicolons in your story we won't touch it). So my question is, how do you balance being a writer who revels in the possibilities of style while still remaining marketable? Is it just a ... See More question of writing what you want and then editing most of it out? Or do you feel there's still a market for this kind of writing?
Wonderful to have you, Natalia. ^^ I too, love writing in cafes! Do you have any other drinks other than Chai lattes that you like to order?
If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
What has been your experience as a faculty member at Regis University?
If you could give one piece of writing advice to authors, what would it be?
What do you think of self-publishing?
How did you come up with the title?
Just a quick question here:
What do you think is the most important thing for a young writer to do if he wants to succeed?
What other novels are in the pipeline? Will you explore other genres?
How do you structure your time? Do you have a set writing time each day?
Born in Lima, Peru, NATALIA SYLVESTER came to the U.S. At age four and grew up in South Florida, where she received a B.A. In creative writing from the university of Miami.
A former magazine editor, she now works as a freelance writer in Austin, Texas and is a faculty member of the low-res MFA program at Regis University. Her articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and NBCLatino.com. CHASING THE SUN, partially inspired by family events, is her first novel. A few of her favorite things:
• Rescue dogs (especially hers)
• Chai lattes, preferably from bookstore cafés
• Alliteration and em dashes (in moderation! says the inner editor)
• Community and compassion, always