I get out of my bed each day to see the people I love be happy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Philippines, where the people are wonderfully friendly. They make everyone feel special. They love to laugh and are extremely content. I feel that this carefree nature made me more relaxed and calm as a person. When you're calm, you tend to think clearly and logically, and this inspired me to write For God's Sake.
When did you start working on For God's Sake - Understand the Esoteric Truths Behind Your Religion
I started writing FGS, incidentally, when I was barely two months pregnant with my twins. This is why the book is so special to me, aside from being my first book, it is an inspiration of my baby, Sameer, one of the twins, who has now passed away. The idea of writing a book conceived the same time Sameer did, and I finished it at about the same time that he merged with the Truth.
My baby only gave me love and happiness, and those are the same things I want to emphasize in FGS; despite all our "religious" differences, we are all part of one Truth - which should be reason to spread only love and happiness instead of all the negativity we see around us always.
What influenced you to write For God's Sake - Understand the Esoteric Truths Behind Your Religion?
I was inspired to write the book after seeing so many "religious" people celebrating festivals, following practices and rituals without understanding their symbolic meanings.
What is your writing process?
I think what I am going to say to someone in a conversation, and then I write it. This makes things simple for me, as there is no pressure of being a creative writer, I just have to be myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books related to Mysticism - the ones that defy organized religion.
For pleasure, I would also love to read between the lines when people talk :p
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are probably the only five books I have read (some even just partially) - 1. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins 2. The Path of the Masters - Julian Johnson 3. The Da Vinci Code 4. The Bridges of Madison County (I'm not sure what made me read this book in the first place) 5. Some random Accounting & Finance Textbook :p
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not with my family, then I'm writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is WAY MORE expensive to be not an indie author.
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