Daria now writes love stories about Latina and Latino characters that reflect and celebrate her friends and family. Her debut novel, “Take the Lead,” won the 2018 RITA® Award for “Best First Book.” In 2021 Daria came out with the second installment of her Primas of Power series, “A Lot Like Adiós,” and she is currently working on the third installment of the anthology series. As Daria has found more success, she and a group of other Latina romance writers have banded together to create a community and generate a space where they can learn to advocate for themselves in the exclusionary publishing industry.
And while Daria and other Latina writers have banded together to advocate for themselves within the industry, romance is still an underrated literary genre. Though Daria knows that the genre may not be taken seriously in some circles, her focus isn’t about pleasing people who look down on love stories. Instead Daria’s priority is writing the best book she can for her readers looking to see themselves and their culture in her writing.
In this episode of Latino USA, Alexis Daria takes us through her early morning writing process, reads an excerpt from “A Lot Like Adiós,” and asks us to ponder, what is so silly about a love story?
This episode was produced by Monica Morales-Garcia.