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Meet the Members: Zue Rivera

I hope that my love for reading and writing is contagious, and I would love nothing more than to share that love and passion with other similarly minded people.

Zue Rivera

A member of the Writers’ League since 2023, Zue lives in the San Antonio area.

Scribe: Welcome, writer! Tell us — what do you write?

Zue Rivera: Adult Fiction & YA

Scribe: If you could choose one author to blurb your book, who would it be, and what would you want it to say?

ZR: Octavia E. Butler; “Nothing reflects how beautiful and painful life can be more than the struggle to find oneself when lost in everyday mundanity. Rivera provides just that, with a dash of hope and a punch in the gut.”

Scribe: You have one book you’re allowed to push onto all of your friends, and they’re forced to read it to remain your friend — which one would you choose?

ZR: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I read this book back in high school and absolutely fell in love with it. It was one of the first books that showed me that there is more than one way to guide the story, that the way you right transcends how the writer uses metaphors and alliterations, and that the power of the written word is greater than we give it credit. Not to mention, the story itself is beautiful. It’s so hard not to love and sympathize with the main characters, Charlie & Algernon. 

Scribe: Tell us your WLT story.

ZR: I’ve been in search of a writers group for a while now, but the impostor syndrome can have a really loud voice and it’s easy for me to feel like I’m not worthy of being a part of a group. So when I first saw that WLT was going to have a booth at this year’s Book Festival (also my first time attending the festival), I took it as a sign to join.

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

ZR: Every writer dreams of being published one day, and of course, I’m no different. But I suppose I mainly hope that my writing allows me to be more sure of myself and my skills. I hope to convey what some people may struggle to say, I’d love to provide a voice for stories like mine and forge a thread of literary guidance to self discovery to all that may think they are alone.

Scribe: Here at the WLT, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one book that has come out within the past few years that you couldn’t put down? (Bonus points if the book is Texas related!)

ZR: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi! What. A. Book! I read it recently for Trans Visibility week and WOW! I would recommend this book for people of ALL ages! It is a amazing story that shows how books can be written for a wide audience; even when a book is labeled as a Children’s book or YA, it can pull the heartstrings of readers of any age. That kind of radiance can be achieved by very few, and Akwaeke Emezi does that wonderfully!

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!

ZR: I’m an immigrant that found refuge in reading and writing. This isn’t just a hobby for me, it is a passion that I hold very near and dear to my heart. I’ve advocated for literacy since a very young age, once even collecting signatures for my local bookstore and being interviewed by CNN in the process. I hope that my love for reading and writing is contagious, and I would love nothing more than to share that love and passion with other similarly minded people. 
 

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