Marietta came to the US from Puerto Rico when she was a little girl, and couldn't speak a word of English. Books became very important to her, and she ended up teaching. And she found that when a book hit home, it changed lives.
You can't set out to, for example, write the next "Sherman Alexie" novel, or jump on the vampire wagon. Instead you must go with your passion.
She's written, submitted and received rejections letters, and she things she only submitted material so she could get rejections--she wanted to know what it felt like.
POSTED BY ALICE POPE