I approach cover design by ... making my own cover design. I am also a graphic designer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is publication. There is something about the process of the creation of a book that I've totally fallen in love with. There is something lovely about the feeling of flipping through the proof copy of my book and seeing that everything is correct.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover them in emails, from my friends, and on websites. Sometimes, I look for them after hearing about them in the news or in my school. At other times, they are given to me as an award or as a gift.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Two, different things inspire me to get out of bed each day: The desperation to make accomplishments for the day, and my insomnia.
I get out of bed each day in a hurry to finish my tasks right away. I'm the type of person who bases her happiness on her accomplishments. I get depressed when the day ends with me having done nothing. It's a nightmare.
I get out of bed each day because of my insomnia also. Scientists say that having an irregular and late wake up time actually worsens insomnia. I make sure I wake up at the same time each day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about my doll while I was growing up. I had this hand-me-down doll that was life-sized. My late uncle, Danilo Delfin, bought it in Singapore during one of his travels. He gave it to my older sisters, and then my older sisters gave it to me when I was born. The name of the doll was Bim-bim. I loved to dress it up and I brought it with me everywhere I went.
I wrote my first story at the age of 8. It was comics. I drew the characters and I also wrote their dialogues. In my story, Bim-bim was a Singaporean princess who was an exchange student in the Philippines. She had a twin sister, whose name I no longer remember. The villain was named Amor Lina, who was inspired by my family's cat. I simply turned the non-human occupants in my house into humans in my story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome. There have been times in the past when I almost gave up on writing, but they were always there to check up on me and encourage me to keep writing. They ask, "Where have you been? What happened?" Or say, "One word at a time. Keep writing."
It is important to have fans. It's not about being famous, or superior. It's about camaraderie, friendship, and going through life's highs and lows together. I like to befriend my fans. Some of them have graduated, earned jobs, got married, and had kids, but we still love all things books.
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