Michelle Herrera Mulligan

Jun 08, 11 Michelle Herrera Mulligan

City you live in:
Brooklyn, New York.

Occupation and why?
I’m a writer and editor.
My passions are health, Latina identity, and creative fiction. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to contribute to all three of these forces in different media formats. I’m in love with being able to wake up and know that no matter what, I’ll be working with words and creative expression. For me, that’s the most precious gift of all.

A regular day consists of?
Juggling! I’m usually bouncing between jogs in Prospect Park, meetings with writers all over the city, and my desk at home, where I sit to crank out pages or edit copy.

How do you define success?
I define success as growth in my process. If I know that I’ve improved, or learned, from the effort I’ve made in a given project, it feels like an incredible leap.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Focus! It’s so easy to get distracted by life and lose sight of the short and long term goals I’ve set for myself. I’m trying to get better and writing down, in detail, what I want to get out of each day… it’s a good way to measure how I’m doing!

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Never get swayed by another person’s agenda! There are plenty of people who will subtly (or not so subtly) try to impose their perspective on your dream. We tend to value our family, and a partners’, opinions a little to much. Listen politely, but don’t let their feelings be your motivation. If you want to be a writer. Then write. Every single day. Be sure to congratulate yourself when you meet your own private goals. It will inspire you when life isn’t doling out rewards.

What’s on your bucket list?
Running a full marathon, visiting South Africa, actually finishing my novel, touching the bottom of the sea as a scuba diver… they’re are so many mysteries in life I haven’t yet had a chance to touch!

I am proud to be Latina because:
I’ve spent my life translating and living in at least two cultural worlds… It’s been so much fun! I loved going to my grandmother’s house of curios, battered chiles, and hanging dried tongues…..then racing off to English literature classes at my fancy high school. It gave me a lust for the unknown and different flavors in life…and a constant desire to search beneath the surface.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Mostly through music and hablando español… Nothing lifts my mood that the sound of congas and with a melodic voice on top.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
All three!!! I like to mix it up.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
That we’re passionate, hot-tempered, spitfires that never back down… That’s absolutely true! I’m proud of our lack of ambivalence toward life.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Never waste your time chasing a man. You should always be too busy.

Favorite home remedy:
Te de manzanilla for an upset stomach…and plenty of aciete de bacalao for general good health… Even doctors recommend it now!!

Favorite Quote
Mejor sola que mala acompañada”.

[fun]♦ I once jimmied open a cabinet, and almost broke my hip, just to get at a jar of cajeta.
♦ I love to finish a night of raucus partying by listening to Juan Gabriel’s romantic anthems (that, or Shakira, depending on whether I want to come up or down).
♦ I still put limon and sal on my cucumbers, just like my mother did… along with a dash of hot sauce!.
♦ For me, there is nothing hotter than a soccer player’s legs. [/fun]

[career]♦ I’m the managing editor of FabulosamenteLatina.com, a site that promotes confidence, beauty, and success for American Latinas.
♦ In 2004, I edited and wrote an essay for Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (HarperCollins). It won an Outstanding Contributions to Hispanic Studies Award and has been incorporated into curriculums across the country.
♦ My short novel, “Juan and Adela,” was published in Juicy Mangos, an anthology I edited in 2007.
♦ My articles and blogs have been featured in Whole Living, FoxNewsLatino.com, and Woman’s Day, among many others.[/career]

[description]“That we’re passionate, hot-tempered, spitfires that never back down… That’s absolutely true! I’m proud of our lack of ambivalence toward life.”[/description]


  1. Hector Irizarry /

    Favorite Quote
    “Mejor sola que mala acompañada”.

    Cute, my father also said the very same to us boys.

  2. Keiry Rodriguez /

    Today I was at the news stand and I love to pick up my Cosmo. I could never afford a subscription before but my middle class roommate could afford it and she got me hooked. But today I found myself with the summer edition of Cosmopolitan for Latinas and I was rejoiced. Having spent a whole semester doing research on cosmo magazine and its portrayal of food and rarely finding things I could fully identify with. Thank you for this issue and reminding me that we do have the power as latinas to produce things that fit our needs and our identities.


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