Interview with Maggie Sanapo

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations of the site where the ebook is available.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes but I forgot the title. I wrote it when I was 13. One of my classmates in high school asked me to write a love story for her.
What is your writing process?
Whenever I get ideas for a story, I write the synopsis right away. Sometimes, I also describe the important characters on the first page to guide me on how to develop them. I always make sure that the reactions and feelings of my characters are realistic.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. When I was in 6th grade I read a book called Crying Wind (if I'm not mistaken). That book got me hooked in reading. I still think about her - Crying Wind.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for photos I like and design the cover myself. I used to ask other people to do it for me but most of the time, I got covers which do not reflect the story I wrote. That's why I decided to do it myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
These are my all-time favorite:

(1) Crying Wind
(2) Prince of Tides
(3) Till Tomorrow Comes
(4) The Old Neighborhood
(5) Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan

They're all compelling. Most of them, I never meant to read. I just skimmed the first page and before I knew it I sat down and read the whole story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually, I read romance novels or inspirational stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just published a book. Don't know yet.
Describe your desk
My desk is neat and clean. It has a laptop, a study lamp and ample space for my cell phone and Ipod touch. I don't put many things on it because I like to look at an orderly desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Joaquin (Iloilo) where the beaches are really beautiful. As to its influence on my writing, I think it doesn't have that much impact. I'm more influenced by the authors I love.
Published 2015-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Perfect Stranger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,530. Language: Tagalog (Filipino). Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ang matagal niyang iniingat-ingatang puri ay basta na lang niya ibinigay sa taong may nakaukit na swastika sa braso. Ibabaon na sana niya ang lahat sa limot nang makalipas ang isang buwan ay napag-alaman niyang nagbunga ang isang gabing pagpapakawala. Mahahabol pa kaya niya ang estranghero kung ang tanging pagkakilanlan lang niya rito ay ang kakaibang tattoo sa kanang braso?
Forever and Always
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,810. Language: Tagalog (Filipino). Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Ang kuwentong ito ay isang spin-off ng The Jilted Bride. Matutunghayan dito ang kuwento ng pag-ibig sa pagitan ni Elise, ang anak nila Alex at Brian, at ni Jin, ang anak naman nila Maiko at Gary. Kung nagustuhan n'yo ang TJB, siguradong mahuhumaling din kayo rito.
My Nordic God
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 111,720. Language: Tagalog (Filipino). Published: June 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
"I'm Norwegian and you're a Filipina. Let's face it. We don't have anything in common." Unti-unting nanghina ang mga tuhod ko. Mamamatay na yata ako.
The Jilted Bride
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 139,600. Language: Tagalog (Filipino). Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
“The heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care” - Emily Dickinson. That was all Anton could say to me when he eloped with my best friend, Laurie, during our wedding day. I didn’t understand it. For me, people quote Dickinson to justify their wandering heart. But years later when I met Brian, I realized what Anton meant. Indeed, “the heart wants what it wants…”