Interview with Rhoda Osalvo

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea of creating something - a painting, a song, a story, or going to places, new or old.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Back in grade school, I wrote a story for Gospel Komiks (comics). It was printed but to my dismay, it was slightly altered and no credit to me. Read about my heartbreak here: http://forthelove-sachi.blogspot.com/2010/07/most-beautiful-story-i-ever-wrote-so.html
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
*I like walking and observe and take in everything that's happening around me and just enjoy the view.
*Sit in a cafe and watch people.
*Sing. Or, watch Les Mis concert on my laptop.
*Read a book.
*Answer crossword puzzles.
*Talk and laugh with children.
*Eat.
*Call up my parents, siblings or friends for a chat.
*Go biking.
*Do breathing exercises. Or, stretching.
*Check out Instagram or Facebook. But I prefer IG more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read. But the story that had a great impact on my young mind and heart was the life story of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. I read it one summer in my grandparents' home.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
*100 Years of Solitude, GGM
*Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
*Noli Me Tangere, Dr. Jose Rizal
*The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
*The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
*To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
*The Chronicles of Narnia, JRR Tolkien
*Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Not in any order.
Except for Narnia, I've read all those more than twice.
I know it's more than 5 but I couldn't decide which one to take out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Newspaper and magazines
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the different parts of the country. Our family kept moving because of my dad's job as an engineer/contractor. But, I think more than anything what influenced my writing are the authors I read like GGM, Victor Hugo, J.D. Salinger, our very own national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the like.
Who influenced you to write?
Nobody in the family writes but my dad has a knack for storytelling. People listen when he tells a story. I like listening to his stories even if he's said it a million times because we always end up laughing at the end.

My mom, on the other hand, likes word games. As kids, my siblings and I played Scrabble, Boggle and other word games with her. She's also a good speller, a spelling bee champ back in her school days, she said.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When people I've interviewed after reading their story tell me it sounded like they wrote it themselves. Or, when people say they got inspiration or were moved into action from what I wrote.
Published 2016-03-26.
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