13.50: What Writers Get Wrong, with Zoraida Córdova

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard, with special guest Zoraida Córdova

Zoraida Córdova, an award-winning author of urban fantasy, was born in Ecuador and grew up in Queens. She joins us to talk about what writers get wrong (and what they can get right and do well) when portraying latinas in the United States.

Credits: This episode was recorded live at FanX Salt Lake (formerly “Salt Lake Comic-Con”) by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

Liner Notes: 

  • The comic book Howard referenced is Guardians of Infinity #3, (2016), which features a back-up story entitled “Yo Soy Groot.”
  • Peggy Whitson is the astronaut Mary referenced. As of this writing, she holds the record for longest single spaceflight by an American. 



A challenge! Find (and read) books written by Ecuadoran authors. Then make one of your own secondary characters be from Ecuador.

Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Córdova

4 thoughts on “13.50: What Writers Get Wrong, with Zoraida Córdova”

  1. I told my wife, who is Brazilian, that this episode is about what writers get wrong about Latinas. She chuckled and said, “Yeah, that we’re all Hispanic.”

    Good episode.

    I like that Zoraida made the comment about Latino being broader than just having Spanish heritage. I also like her comments about life in the New York area, where I’m also from. If you’re from that area, there’s a good chance you’ve grown up among tons of diversity and that it’s second nature for you.

  2. The core four, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard sat down with Zoraida Córdova at ComicCon Salt Lake City to talk about what writers get wrong about Latino characters. Zoraida is originally from Ecuador, but really from New York. Being Latina in America, subverting stereotypes, and the importance of representation and empathy? There’s a lot to consider, and you can read about it in the transcript available in the archives and over here:


  3. It was an okay episode. I feel like this what writers do wrong is more about complaining than giving writing advice.

    But, I must admit, I can’t wait until Howard, Brandon, Maurice and Dan talk about how writing male characters is done wrong…:P

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