Episode 14: Isabel Ibañez

AWM Author Talks
AWM Author Talks
Episode 14: Isabel Ibañez

This week, AWM Program Director Allison Sansone sits down with Isabel Ibañez to chat about her Bolivian heritage, writing process, and her debut Young Adult Fantasy novel Woven in Moonlight.

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“Home sort of felt like two places and I had to balance both of them. Those two identities, Isabel in Bolivia and then Isabel in the States, didn’t really converge until much later. Until I accepted both halves and accepted I am the daughter of immigrants and I am American but I am also Bolivian.”

“Every story matters and there’s room for all of them.”

“I’ve had family members who have gone onto the streets in Bolivia protesting and wanting a better future. And so, being here and not being able to be there, I wanted to write my own kind of protest, my own kind of rebellion.”

“I got reacquainted with the process and joy of writing a story, the love-hate relationship.”

“I think everybody wants to see themselves as a hero. And at least for me, I felt like if I’m writing this story someone else might read it with a similar upbringing—or a culture they can connect to because it’s adjacent—and think, ‘I feel so seen.’ There is something really neat about being able to read a story and connect and be able to say, ‘Wow, me too.’”

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