Interview with Project Happyness

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was "Kapag Naglaro Ang Tadhana" when I was in Second Year in High School. I would use the scratch paper from my father's office, and compiled each chapter. Then I drew the cover for the book. I got inspired to write that story because of Beauty and Madness by Fra Lippo Lippi.
What is your writing process?
I write scenes I see in my 'day dreaming channel'. Sometimes, when I watch the scenes so fast in my head, I try to type fast too, because they disappear immediately in my head, and I tend to instantly forget to. And when I imagine a good scene, it should tickle my heart, that's why I have to catch it before it disappears, which is more often than not.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the title of the story, but it was by Harlequin Romance, when I was 13 years old. I got so frustrated by the story that I made my own story out of it. Hence, Love in a Rush was created.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to look sweet.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Children's books are my favorite and the Bible.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read romance stories when I have time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop or mobile phone.
Describe your desk
My desk is most of the time clean. I'm OC. I'd like everything organized. And I'm a sucker for 5s. If I cant get something within a few seconds, it means there's something not right on my desk, and I have to rearrange it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Caloocan City, where there were still mountains when my parents and family transferred there. There were dragonflies showing up in the afternoon, and I could hear beetles. I also love the breeze during my childhood. It made me enjoy reading in the terrace and imagine. I soo love those days.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 14 years old and my first reader and only reader was my cousin Lynette.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's part 2 of the first story I published in Wattpad. It's Love in a Rush 2.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was a kid, I would read the romance novels that my nannies would keep in their room and I got fascinated with the Tagalog authors' work. I said to myself that I want to be like them. Come college, I entered an elite school, and shared my dream to some friends, and they said "Yuck! Jologs!". It hurt my ego/pride, and I disregarded that 'ultimate' dream/ bucket list of mine. After 10 years and having undergone a separation and financial problem, I started reflecting and finding who I was before I was told many destructive lies about myself of the person I trusted with my own life. I started to find my inner strength and pursued doing things that made my heart and soul happy. I started doing DIY crafts and put a hand in writing again thru Wattpad. Surprisingly, I gained followers and a lot of reads for my first story which was Love in a Rush.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It helps me reconnect with myself and helps me feel inner joy and satisfaction.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are like dear friends and family to me that are just not with me right now, but in different parts of the world.
What are you working on next?
I'm done with the following: Love in a Rush 1, Loving Mr. Elusive, and Falling for You. I'm working on Love in a Rush 2 now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me most if my family, and when I have an idea I'd like to write about.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time doing movie marathons, and going out to the mall with my daughter.
Published 2015-10-24.
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