Interview with Robelle Nina Baynosa Melendres Elle Bor
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have yet to find out. I am a neophyte when it comes to the publishing and marketing world
Describe your desk
Extremely organized, books neatly stacked, pens in their holder- I am unable to write with the presence of clutter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Philippines, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. When my mother succumbed to brain cancer, I was left to fend for myself at such a tender age. I wasn't deprived much of the material things but there was a void in my heart from the absence of a mother's love. Although naturally extrovert, words often failed me when it came to expressing my innermost fears and apprehension. I thought writing was the only way to measure the depth of my feelings and the profoundness of my despair. My late grandfather had a hand in this.He helped me hone this skill. He was an excellent writer
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was eight years old, short childish poems. It progressed into short stories and poems with more profound meaning each year.. I still keep those with me to this day. They stood the test of time and distance (now that I am residing in the United States). Later on, I was appointed to write for the school papers. They often sent me to writing contests, competing against other schools. My biggest accomplishment then was winning 2nd place at the Regional level-among hundreds of other participants, which made me eligible to represent my school at the Nationals.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Honestly, I had to stare at this blank page for a good minute, trying to decide the best way to answer the question. I started writing this in 2010, completely a work of fiction but it has its parallels to my own life, symbolically. I am the type of person who is so drawn to the cliched yearning of wanting closure. Without going into details, I was haunted by the words "what if". It has that uncanny way of urging me to look back even though there is nothing left to see. I had to teach myself to accept that some things are better left unfinished, even though there is much more to be said and done. I had to accept that whatever is in the past, is simply just that, a past. Completing this book is me figuratively tying that chapter in a neat bow, accepting that even if a door is left ajar, does not mean it must be reopened. A Thousand Steps Home is basically looking at the glass half full and to willingly relish the "now".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The publishing world has become stingy with opportunities. There are so many writers worthy of a publication contract whose work is still hidden under a pile of thousand other submissions. That does not mean that I stopped trying but until then, being and Indie Author is the next best thing. At 28 years old, my goal was to get my work out there in whichever way I could. Publishing independently has allowed me to do that with so much more freedom.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing the words,"I'm proud of you", is the most fulfilling thing. Writing gives me a sense of pride and identity. I wanted to leave a remarkable life, one worthy to be remembered even after I pass on to the next one. Doing what I do is a step closer to that. I write mainly because I like to please people and it gives me so much joy to see them entertained and become drawn to my work.
Who are your favorite authors?
Danielle Steele Nicholas Sparks Sydney Sheldon
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being given another chance to live another day is simply worth getting out of bed for.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling, reading, shopping, and cleaning!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story entitled The Last Sunset. I wrote it in one day. I was fifteen then, a boy broke my juvenile heart. Of course, I thought my world was about to succumb to its apocalyptic end!
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