Q. Tell us about yourself as a person.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. Illinois has been home for the past 20 years. I’m a wife to a talented man, a mom of exceptional twin boys, and maid to the perpetually shedding dog.
I’m an engineer by education but a photographer by profession.
I must have good coffee every day. I crave Japanese food but I’m trying to learn French.
Apparently, I make very little sense in life …
Q. How did you get into writing?
It was an affordable form of therapy! My first novel-length manuscript was a fanfic I wrote when I was in HS because I preferred the universe in the stories over real life.
Q. What do you write?
I write Young Adult fiction.
I guess feel that I was more introspective in HS than I am as an adult, you know? It’s a pivotal time in a person’s life where you’re contemplating big world values and having to deal with the immaturity of high school drama. There’s a lot going on with less of the practical demands of life. Like, I didn’t worry about taxes then. My big bill was my phone …
Q. Who are some of your favorite well-known authors?
Oh! I want to be Margaret Stiefvater when I grow up!
Q. Any indie authors you especially like?
Oh! I’ve just recently been introduced to the world of indie authors now that I’ve become one myself so I have much exploring to do!
Should I start with your books?
Q. lol. You can if you like! Traditional publishing vs self-publishing: which do you think is better?
I can’t really compare as I’ve never been in the traditional publishing world. I love that self-publishing is a more accessible option though.
Hahaha … I have such lame answers.
Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
Reverie, my first published work, was born out of a dream. I shared it with my husband and he said, “That would make a nice story”. So here we are.
Q. What helps you write? Music, doodling, etc? What about tools like Word, dictionaries, etc?
Hmm … Google. But that helps me in life. Hahaha.
Thesaurus.com when I find that I’ve been reusing the same word over and over again. It helps me when I do a search-and-destroy for overused words on my manuscript. Then I’m able to rethink how I’m trying to say something.
Social media helped me with research A LOT.
Q. Do you follow traditional guidelines when it comes to writing, or is there anything in particular you do different?
I’ve learned to not be *too* traditional. I just learned that the double space after the period isn’t a thing any more. I had to go back into my manuscript and delete all the double spaces I had done after the period. *facepalm* Also, I am a defender the oxford comma …
Q. What do you bring to the table that’s different from other authors?
I think every author has their personal flair or sense of humor that is present in their work.
Q. What would you advise newbie indie authors to do different?
Join forums! Ask questions! Online forums were incredibly helpful throughout this process for me. It opened a whole world of possibilities. I was afraid to join and that held me back.
Step out of your comfort zone. If you never ask, the answer is always no.
I know money is always an issue for us struggling writers so think about bartering.
Q. Final moment to give a shout out to anyone in particular and tell us how we can follow you and your work.
No venture is a solo one and I’m always grateful for those who help me along my way. 🙂
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