Writer, stylish, creative, charming, also a wonderful photographer… We could go on and on as she’s such an inspiring woman.

She’s the author of the books Cuando nadie mira and Todas aquellas veces y otros asuntos pendientes. And if you still haven’t read them, what are you waiting for? They are as wonderful inside as they are on the outside!

Yes, we love Alejandra! You don’t know how thrilled we were to meet her and get to know her better through this interview.

But be careful, you’ll get hooked!

Photos by: Erea Azurmendi, @tiempodecerezas

What inspires you in life? Many things inspire me… From the ray of light that breaks through my window at a certain time, through the books, conversations, streets, hugs, songs, works of art… It’s very complicated to find a concrete source of inspiration. I think everything suggests something as long we know how to see it and are aware of our surroundings.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I knew I wanted to be a writer after publishing my first book. I know that seems odd but I had never considered it before. After seeing the reception and receiving wonderful comments from readers that enjoyed it, I understood that I wanted to dedicate myself to it entirely. Maybe before all that I was afraid. I don’t know. It just happened that way.

You have a special sensitivity. Is it innate, acquired or a mixture of both? What a difficult question! I’m not aware of it, honestly. Maybe it’s something innate that’s been in me my whole life and I consider it normal, since it came as standard. But I’m not sure. I have to recognise that with the passing years I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve reflected a lot, I’ve paid attention to things that normally pass by unnoticed. Does this count as acquired sensitivity?

Is it easy being a woman in your world? In my world, in the middle of 2019, I don’t see great differences in gender. At least in my sector and style. But I must admit that sometimes, unfortunately, they exist.
Before me, many women fought hard so that, today, I wouldn’t be aware of the battles that years before they had to contend with in order to publish their works. I owe them in some way. Today, I feel completely free to be a woman and write about what I want and how I need it.

What is your favourite place on the planet? The place where my loved ones are found.

An essential place, plan and restaurant in Madrid. A perfect plan in Madrid is to roam the streets. My favourites are in the Salesas neighbourhood; stop and have a coffee in one of the cafés (or a good vermouth) and then visit an exhibition in the Thyssen or in the Fundación Mapfre and have dinner, of course, in Fismuler. (Honestly, it’s the best of the best)

Are you more of a sea or a mountain person? I would be happy in a mountainous place that had the coast right next to it. I always thought I was more of a mountain person than sea, but in recent years I’ve fallen very deeply in love with the water and the salty smell. I need a dose of sea every now and then and I adore the purity of mountain air.

Who has been or is an icon for you? My mother. She’s unique.
But also great writers like Alejandra Pizarnik, Anaïs Nin. I like unique and transgressive women.

Your favourite artist? It depends on the discipline… In fine art I really like Matisse’s lines, Sorolla’s colour scheme, Goya’s incomparable force, Edward Hopper’s vision, Picasso…
In photography Vivian Maier and Francesca Woodman fascinate me… In literature Julio Cortazar, Stephan Zweig and Clarice Lispector… In reality, I love having loads of favourites!

And your favourite work of art? For a long time I was obsessed with one by Edward Hopper; Hotel Room.

A book, a song and a film.
A book: Decisive moments in history by Stephan Zweig
A song: Alone again or by Love
A film: Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino

And a series? Euphoria.

What are your wardrobe essentials? A white t-shirt and some jeans. Addict.

Something never missing from your bag? Camera.

And in your fridge? Tomato and mozarella. It’s an obsession.

Any key eco tip for looking after the planet? I’m not the best example to follow and I know that I still have to change a lot of things, but recycling is first. Use as little plastic packaging as possible and buy loose products. Buy fair trade and with quality (this includes clothes too).

A dream to achieve Write the third book (I’m working on it)

What are you going to do after this interview? After this little interval, I’m going to have a walk listening to some music then come home and get to work writing.