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Gina I. Rodriguez

To the Altar of Adonis, poetry, Issue 16, 2011

Gina I. Rodriguez is a proud Jersey native and recent college grad who adores writing and can't live without her music. She grew up listening to everything from Bruce Springsteen to Inti-Illimani, and her home is never quiet. She is a jack-of-all-trades thanks to the many internships she held while in college, and she now works part-time at a New York publisher. In the fall of 2011, she will begin an MFA program in fiction writing, also in Manhattan. After work, you can usually find her practicing at a nearby dojo.

Get to know Gina...

When did you start writing? Writing has been my hobby since I was a kid, but I didn't have the opportunity to be serious about it and workshop stories until I was in college.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was an article about a local high school student who had been nominated for a state-sponsored acting award. This was my first assignment as a summer intern at a local newspaper, and I had a blast interviewing this girl and the director of the play she had appeared in. I was even more excited when the paper published the sun-drenched photo I snapped of her at the end of the interview. I take pride in my photography skills, so this was the icing on the cake.
What themes do you like to write about? Themes of loyalty and family move me the most.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I grew up reading King Arthur stories, and so romanticized concepts of love and loyalty still wriggle their way into my writing. Lately I've become very interested in poking holes in these ideas without being cynical. It's a fun challenge to embrace in fantasy writing.

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