Speaking on Queer Boricua YA Fauxmance and Family
Featured Guests: Jamilah Araf and Elle Gonzalez Rose
For episode 6 of Speaking in First Draft, Mentee Jamilah Araf interviews Mentor Elle Gonzalez Rose about her debut novel Caught in a Bad Fauxmance. Elle graciously shares one of the earliest drafts of her book, and tells us the backstory behind her creativity and her transition into the YA genre. Together, Jamilah and Elle cover a range of topics in the writing process, including outlining, changing perspectives, and channeling real life experiences into their stories.
Disclaimer: This episode has brief explicit language.
Jamilah Araf has been writing forever and has always enjoyed story-telling. Currently, she is branching out at the newspaper club at her Queens high school and enjoys physical and digital art, coding and music. While she might not call herself an athlete, Jamilah rollerblades, ice skates and swims. In addition to being a writer, Jamilah aspires to be a lawyer or a teacher. Today, you can find her jamming out to Ed Sheeran and Onerepublic or obsessing over Hamilton, Disney and the MCU. She eats Thai food, her grandmother’s desserts and ice cream with her family and friends.