"Plants first. And if everything went well, then I'd move on to people."
As we were strolling down the block I noticed an old, decrepit Laundromat. Not unusual for the neighborhood, except for the fact that this one was both open and filled to the brim with plants... Even though it was very late the owner happened to be there and I asked him why he had so many plants in his laundry. He said he was from Colombia and they made him feel at home. He told me that the mist from the washing machines and the heat from the dryers created a perfect greenhouse for his plants and he considered his Laundromat to be a greenhouse with some clothes going around in circles. He gave me a cutting and told me to come back if it took root and he would give me another."
"I left the Laundromat clutching the cutting to my chest like a lunatic and I walked home the 14 blocks to my apartment." she continued, "During that walk the entire book downloaded into my head like it was coming from a piece of computer software. I began writing that night and didn’t stop until the book was done. Now I had a place to hide the nine plants of desire, a myth I had already created, I would put them in a back room of a Laundromat in Manhattan. A place no one would ever think to find rare tropical plants."
On the first few pages of Hothouse Flower, Margot chose to published a quote by the character Don Juan in Carols Castaneda's Journey to Ixtlan. "For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has become to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are only going to be here for a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it."I could not think of a more appropriate beginning to this overwhelmingly enchanting novel. I am left breathless, still.