Underneath The Palm Tree Summer Reads: Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol
Meet Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol
Much like our On Her Own Wayve segments, we were thrilled to create a specific forum for female authors inspiring other women and sharing their stories through their litterature.This summer, we’re sharing a few of our favorite authors and their novels, perfect for seaside reading underneath the palm trees.
At A Glance:
A+P: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
MMCM: Trust the process, and live the journey.
A+P: Where is your favourite place to travel?
A+P: What’s the last podcast you listened to?
MMCM: Joel Osteen
A+P: I've personally been a fan of your books for quite some time. How did you get started writing?
MMCM: I began writing as a hobby when I was a child. Then it turned into a cathartic mechanism when I was a teen. Poetry became a passion and I knew someday I would publish my work. Luckily, I was able to do that in 2014 with my first book Letters, to the Men I have Loved.
A+P: In your books, you seem to lay everything on the line and you're quite transparent. What keeps you inspired while writing?
MMCM: Since, I write mainly about my life experiences, living life is what keeps me inspired. I’m always open and excited to living out new experiences, meeting new people and visiting new places. One of my favorite poets Rilke advice a young poet to live everything, the highs and the lows. That’s exactly what I do.
A+P: Aside from writing, you also have your podcast The IV Wave. Can you tell us a bit about that?
MMCM: Yes, The IV Wave is a female centered community my best friend Jamie Baratta and I started to inspire, inform, and celebrate the woman of today. The podcast is our way to connect with women and tackle topics that real women encounter on a daily basis. When I was growing up I didn’t have a mentor, but I always wanted one. Someone I could go to for advice without judgement. I feel there are many young women who feel the same. Who have questions on relationships, sex, love, career and many other topics, yet don’t have anyone to go to for advice. In the podcast we share what has worked for us, and our past mistakes. It’s been great to see how many women have found it helpful in their lives.
A+P: What advice would you give other female writers and entrepreneurs who are just getting started on their journeys?
MMCM: My advice is simply to always pursue your passions, do the work, and not give up. Many creative careers can come at a price. You can have many sleepless anxious filled nights, and discouraging moments, but you can also experience wonderful and satisfying moments. At some point you’ll have to make a choice of whether the love you have for your career is strong enough to overcome the low moments. Overall, if you give up, you’ll never know how high you could fly.
A+P: I’m so excited about your next book, 18 Inches. Can you give us any teasers regarding the release date?
MMCM:I am excited for it as well! 18 Inches is a beautiful and vulnerable book that took me a long time to write. I felt I had to be secure enough with my identity in order to share another side of me. I’m looking forward to how it will be received. As of right now, there isn’t a release date, but it will definitely be out this year!
“For why would I want to be a mere mortal, if there is a goddess that lives in me?”