BOOK REVIEW - Latina Authors & Their Muses

Latina Authors & 

Their Muses

By Author Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, 2 wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Visit her website at For her children's books, visit

Favorite writing quotes:

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." ~Ray Bradbury

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand." ~George Orwell, "Why I Write," 1947

I bought this book at a book fair and was a bit surprised. 
What first attracted me was the bright colors and artwork of the cover.

I had hoped, maybe expected a short story or excerpt from each author along with the interviews but that was not the case. That is the only thing I would have changed to make the book more fulfilling for me and the only reason I am giving it 4+ stars.  

Each author has a chapter to themselves and while you read you will find some authors comments stand out and peak your interest more than others.  We all have different tastes and in this way it becomes a perfect guide book for when you are looking to add a new author to your must read list!

The highlights for me were that this gathering of Latina authors does much to inspire and inform. There are 40 authors who are each wisely interviewed. I say "wisely" because they are not interviewed with the same ol same ol interview questions but with customized questions to get to the heart of each authors journey in writing and being published.  This compilation of interviews is filled with great information and many worthy quotes. Too many of which to comment on plus I am sure you will find your own. 

I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about becoming a writer and not just Latinas.

Personally, I would love to see a spin off of this book with fewer authors, shortened, and simplified with short excerpts from each authors work and aimed at the YA audience. Why? Because there are so many young adults who dream of writing yet hold back; whether it’s fear of failure or allowing others to talk them out of their dream. I believe a shortened version written for the younger crowd would be a great way to encourage generations of future authors.







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