Interview with Mariana Palova

Smok, Vania Soto, Gonzalo Alvarez, Grace Chadwick, Cody Jimenez, and Dianita Cerón (Sent by Dianita Cerón; photo by Anonymous with Dianita's camera)

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? Where can we find you on social media?

I was born in Jalisco, México, but currently live in Aguascalientes, Mexico. You can find me mostly here ♥:

Twitter Instagram Patreon

What kind of creative work do you do?

The Creation Palace, digital art by Mariana Palova

I am a digital artist and fantasy writer. My work is focused on occult arts, cultural diversity, mythology, and personal explorations of symbols and different kinds of magic.

Had you ever been to a Worldcon before?

No! This was my first time, and it's been, by far, one of the best experiences of my professional career.

What did you expect being part of the Initiative would be like? How did your experience compare with that expectation?

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect; I've been part of art collectives before, but I've never felt this level of unity and solidarity between so many artists and writers. The Initiative is one of a kind, definitely.

Tell us about one highlight moment of your WorldCon experience.

Probably, being on the panel of Artists and Writers that John organized. That was my first experience talking in an international forum, and I had so much fun! I realized that I was totally capable of talking about my work and my upcoming book to foreign people (for me, of course) and that made me feel really happy.

Recommend any or all of the following: a song, a written work, a piece of visual art, and a movie. Tell us why you love them!

Nation of the Beasts by Mariana Palova

A song: “White Owl” by Josh Garrels. This song makes me cry all the time. It's really nostalgic for me because I started to write my book, Nation of the Beasts, while listening to it. It reminds me a lot of my main character, Elisse.

A book: White Fang. A simple classic, but this book, my favorite, is the fuel of my crazy love of nature and wild creatures’ perspectives.

A movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Best movie ever. I have watched it like ten times, and I always laugh like crazy.

Where should new people start familiarizing themselves with your work?

Even though I've been an artist for almost ten years, I think that my book, Nation of the Beasts, represents very well what I am and what my world is. This a dark fantasy book, set in our real world; it started out self-published in Spanish, but now the rights have been sold in both Spanish and English and I'm hoping to start my writing career with a good pace!

You can buy it through the official website:

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