It鈥檚 hard to pick our favorite Brat Pack movie, but Pretty in Pink is *definitely* up there on the list. So when we heard Lilliam Rivera was giving it a HUGE revamp, we had to learn more. In The Education of Margot Sanchez, the classic poor-girl-falls-for-a-prep-school-guy tale gets a new setting, in the South Bronx, New York. You鈥檒l fall in love with Margot Sanchez, a grocery store cashierista with a really bad shopping habit, whose journey to figure out what鈥檚 really important will captivate you. Today, we鈥檙e chatting with Lilliam to find out who inspires her, what she鈥檚 reading now, and more. Scroll on for more from this brilliant writer!


Brit + Co: Describe your book in six words or less.

Lilliam Rivera: Latina Princesa gets schooled this summer.


B+C: Where/when do you do your best writing?

LR: I do my best writing in the morning, sitting at my kitchen table in silence. Unfortunately, I usually don鈥檛 have the luxury of writing in the morning because of work and two young daughters, so I write whenever I can. A lot of my writing is done in the car waiting for my kids or at night. I鈥檝e got to sneak it in when I can.

B+C: What鈥檚 your go-to cure for when you鈥檙e stuck in a creativity rut?

LR: My go-to cure is to search for creative work. I can always find inspiration in a museum. I live close to LA County Museum of Art. One of my favorite things is to sit in one of the many exhibit halls and just stare at a piece of art. No matter what, I always leave feeling inspired to write.


B+C: What two lady heroes do you turn to for inspiration, and why?

LR: Laila Lalami is an author I truly admire. Her novel, The Moor鈥檚 Account, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. What I love about Laila, besides being such a fan of her writing, is how vocal she is when it comes to the injustices in this world. I aspire to be more like her. (Photo via Laila Lalami)

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor participates in the courts official photo session on October 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Another hero I turn to for inspiration is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She is not only Puerto Rican, but she hails from the Bronx and is the third woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. How can I not find inspiration in the work she鈥檚 accomplished? (Photo via Tim Sloan/Getty)

B+C: What鈥檚 your latest Instagram obsession?

LR: I鈥檝e been living in Los Angeles for roughly 17 years, but I still consider New York to be my home. Recently, I鈥檝e been following @everydaybronx. The images they post of the Bronx help me feel connected to my home.


B+C: Can you name a book that you think deserves a little more love and recognition?

LR: Sonia Patel鈥檚 Rani Patel in Full Effect deals with trauma and how hip hop can save a person. It鈥檚 raw and real. Patel is definite a voice we haven鈥檛 heard, and I can鈥檛 wait to read more from her.


B+C: What鈥檚 next on your to-read pile?

LR: I am halfway through China Mieville鈥檚 fantasy novel The Scar (It鈥檚 about 600 pages!). I鈥檓 also reading young adult debut author Ibi Zoboi鈥檚 American Street, which is such a beautiful and timely novel. I also vow to catch up on all the amazing young adult debuts coming out this year.

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