I became fascinated with the struggle of writing and creativity when I was 14, right after I fell in love with a girl three years older than me, and with a college boyfriend. To win her heart over, I decided to send her love letters.
She replied rigorously. Through dozens of notes and personal stories, writing revealed itself as some sort of essential tool for understanding life, and I realized that my true love was for words, and for stories with ”true sentences”—a concept that I later learned from Hemingway.
So I quit the love letters for a bit and went to study communications, started a music ‘zine, got into music journalism and wrote for TV shows, online news, magazines and also did publicity for bands. A happy coincidence brought me to write for advertising, where I’ve created ads for automotive, healthcare, telecommunications and liquor brands, and even a campaign featuring Spider-Man.
I was born in Colombia and I've recently lived in Los Angeles, New York City, Austin and Atlanta. When I miss the mountainous city of Bogota, where I grew up, I remember something I read about my favorite writer, Argentinean Julio Cortázar. While living in Paris in the 50s—the city where writers went to become writers—he realized that no matter where he lived, he will always be a Latin American writer.