5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Pablo Cartaya

Early this year I read Pablo Cartaya’s The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. I LOVED IT. Spending time with Arturo’s family in Miami was the perfect way to start summer. I hope you find value in my interview with Pablo.

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

  • Can you tell us a little bit about THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA?

Thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora fights a greedy land developer who threatens to tear down his abuela’s restaurant. In the process, Arturo has his first encounter with love, discovers poetry, and learns the importance good old-fashioned community activism. Family is at the heart of this book. Plus food. Lots and lots of food .  


  • What is the best part about being an author?

Can I give you two best parts? One is creating characters that allow readers to dream themselves into a story. The other is getting to talk to young people. I learn so much from young people.

  • What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is also one of the greatest parts. Revising! Revising can be brutal but it’s necessary.

  • If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

I would totally pick Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea written by Jules Verne! What adventure awaits us, Captain Nemo??


  • What advice do you have for the young creators in my classroom?

Never be afraid to fail.


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