"I think I’ve been trying to blend in for too long and sometimes I forget where I come from. In all honesty, I never considered myself to be 100% Brazilian as my family comes from all parts of the world, we have Spanish, Hungarian, Austrian, Italian, and Jewish heritage, so sometimes it’s hard for me to write about Brazil and Brazil only."
"The one thing my mum said to me was to put something out there that is you, that is original. So, I started writing... if I want to do my own thing or need help with my writing, I try to do something that is original to people. Whatever is obsessively in my mind, I write about it."
"What I do know is that writing brings me peace and sharing my writing with others gives me joy. I hope it gives people who read it something too. Writing is my way of processing the world, but it also feels essential to my way of being in the world, like there is no other way for me to be here and fully alive. So, I guess I’ll keep writing till I get chucked off the boat someday."
Mary reflects on her grandparents' journey from Greece to South Africa at the beginning of the 20th Century and the parallels of their journey and her own.