I'm not Jewish, at least not that I know of. My four grandparents arrived in Cuba at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th from Galicia, Spain.

Armando Lucas Correa by Hector Torres

Armando Lucas Correa by Hector Torres

I work full time as Editor-In-Chief of the number one Hispanic entertainment magazine in the U.S., but I really started my career as a theater and dance critic in Cuba.

The first book I ever published was Final Exam, a play that won a prize in Cuba.

Though the The German Girl is my debut novel, it's not really the first I've written. I finished the first, Angels from the Islands, in the 90s —a text from youth I will never allow to be published.

I'm a Cuba writer who lives in New York who writes in Spanish for a U.S. audience, no matter the language. On The German Girl, I worked very closely with an excellent British translator, Nick Castor.

I love the winter, it fills me with energy. Summer heat makes me feel claustrophobic.

I'm passionate about scents. I collect perfumes, mainly artisanal ones.

I write between 9 pm and 2 am, and edit, religiously, between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

I have a collection of artifacts related to the Saint Louis and the novel that I've been acquiring for some time. I have everything from bills and coins of that time period to original issues of The German Girl magazine, to Capt. Gustav Shroeder's signed diary from 1949. I even have a bronze recipient where cyanide capsules were kept. 

When I'm having an issue with the plot, or a phrase or dialogue, I wait until its time to sleep. I always find the answer when I close my eyes and fall asleep. The answer is always in the subconscious.