Miller (Editor): For a reader who craves a romp full of adventure and romance. Reggaetón Cruise never sways from the light heart, while opening a few very dark portholes onto the current world. Warmth and laughter and the vivid cast from every corner of the globe remain even in a world in flames. There is courage, too. This book is for anybody who has a heart and wicked sense of humor. Also for those who like a trip into the unknown.
2. What single thing most sparked "Reggaeton Cruise"?
Maya (author): The multiple narrative plot came to me in the shower while thinking of my co-national Delfín Quishpe and of the 9/11 attacks. The idea of a central event, be it a viral video, a terrorist attack, or a moment of personal rebellion materialized in my imagination. I saw very different people connected to a central event. Then I pictured the map of the United States and the characters' trajectories in it. The novel worked itself out quickly. It wasn't that long of a shower.
3. What's your favorite scene in the novel?
Miller: My favorite scene in the novel is when Delfín Quishpe faces a deadly threat in Guatemala, one of the last countries that stand between him and the United States. Using lies a "Good Samaritan” had brought Delfín into a terrible room without a way out. Thank heaven, Abraham, the kindly veteran that helped Delfín back in Honduras had the foresight to slip a small machete into the migrant's travel bag. After being lured to the isolated room in Guatemala, Delfín must apply the first law of the survivor’s creed: “Don’t look back.” After mortally slicing the captor, Delfín knows to keep moving. This will resonante with readers, who can identify with having something scabrous buried in the past that, though perhaps not so extreme, has served them as a rite of passage in the journey to freedom.
4. What was your writing routine for this novel?
Maya: I wrote Reggaetón Cruise largely through the worse of the pandemic. I was so engrossed in the writing that I was sort of shielded from what was going on in the world. I would get up electrified and go from dreaming on the pillow, to dreaming on the page. Since I had it all worked out in my head, it was just a matter of writing it down, which was a joy. The coffee might have helped. After writing, I would take a lunch break, and on good days, I'd do a second session, though I don't recommend writing more than three hours a day. It drains you deeply, like spiritually. You got to let the juices build up. Anyhow, it was all great until I finished the first draft. It was like waking up after a six-month trance. I looked around and the world had, well, collapsed. So did my mood. So I sought out physical activity right away. In a perfect world I like to mix in writing with physical activity. My jock-to-artist ratio is 65-35. Sixty five percent tennis, weight-lifting, jogging, or swimming, and thirty five percent writing. If I get the jock-to-artist ratio right, life is a breeze...