First Language(s): Portuguese
Second Language(s): English, Italian
Ines Rodrigues is a Brazilian writer and teacher based in New York. She holds an MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University. Her first novel, Days of Bossa Nova, was published in 2017. She's the former editor of Scarsdale Living Magazine and studied at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She curates The Scarsdale Salon, a literary event in partnership with the Salon de Belleville in France. www.inesrodriguesauthor.com
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite book as a child was Glorinha (Isa Silveira Leal), the story of a smart Brazilian girl who was sort of a hero.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I was a journalist before I started writing creatively, but I always wanted to invent my own stories. Sometimes, when a story comes to my mind, it's like a call: if I don't write it, if I don't give life to a certain character, it keeps following me. Writing is a vital experience, it makes me feel good.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
I moved to New York when I was six months pregnant, to live with my boyfriend at the time, who later became my husband. It was such a jump in the dark. I moved to New York with my cat in a travel cage and two suitcases. I'd lived in Europe before, but I had never thought about living in the United States. I left my job, my family, and my apartment in Brazil to become a mother and a wife in another country. But, here I am, writing fiction in English for a living. In some way it worked out.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I rarely listen to music while I'm writing, unless it's part of the story and I need to get the rhythm. Otherwise, it distracts me.
Issue Spring '22
Becoming Global in English: An Interview with Bruna Dantas Lobato
February 5th, 2024