My interview with Hilda Eunice Burgos

Today I’m chatting with Hilda Eunice Burgos about her book THE COT IN THE LIVING ROOM.

Hi. Let’s start with some get to know you questions.

Favorite season?

Autumn. I like walking in the brisk weather and crunchy leaves.

Favorite way to relax?

Reading.

What were you like as a child?

Very shy and bookish.

Now, let’s talk about THE COT IN THE LIVING ROOM. This book is filled with love and empathy. What gave you the idea for this story?

When I was a child, I had a stay-at-home mom who babysat a lot of neighborhood kids. Mostly the children came during the day, but a few had to stay overnight because of their parents’ work schedules. When I was very young, I resented them encroaching on my family’s space and time together. As I got a little older, I realized how lucky I was and how difficult it must be for these children to spend the night alone in a stranger’s home.

Can you tell us a little about the main character, and her growth throughout the book?

The main character is similar to me when I was very young. Unlike the main character, I didn’t want to sleep on the cot, but, like her, I did not notice that the children who slept there were a little sad and lonely. It took me a while to see that, and my main character also doesn’t pay attention to the children at first. She is very focused on her own wants, until she finally experiences a night on the cot.

Do you have a favorite character from the story? One that really resonated with you?

It’s difficult to pick a favorite; that’s like asking me to select my favorite child! I would say that the main character’s sister, who doesn’t appear in the book a lot, provides a nice dose of practicality, which my main character ignores but needs. The sister then joins her in making some changes to welcome the other children. In her few appearances, the sister adds a lot to the story.

More of the interview in the picture below

Penguin Random House

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