Minerva Martinez is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Evergreen Review, W42ST Magazine and Newtown Literary Journal.
1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
For favorite villain, I’ll go with Annie Wilkes from Stephen King's Misery. There’s a special place in my heart for clinically insane characters who rival what I encounter on the subway. Favorite protagonist… I’m choosing a minor character from Love in the Time of Cholera named Leona Cassani. She’s a badass black woman that appears the latter half the book. I wish Gabo would have written a prequal centered around her character. Or, maybe it was a genius move to place her where he did and make me long to know more about her all these years later.
2. When did you know you were a writer?
I don’t think there was a specific moment. But, at some point I started seeing stories in everything, even the most mundane things, and it felt unnatural to not write them down.
3. What are you currently working on?
I’m presently working on a novel set in Panama. It’s about a boxing cutman named Porfirio. He’s part indigenous and learns his unorthodox cut healing techniques from his mother who is a curandera (medicine woman/healer). I’m also writing a collection of essays about my former career as a publicist in the world of championship boxing and another essay collection about BDSM and kink, to round things out.
4 How has your writing process changed over the years?
It’s consistent and fluid, like eating. I do it in small increments or large sittings, but I’m always doing it.
5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.
My writing style often echoes my city—urgent, gritty, nostalgic, and unpredictable.
Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.