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Author interview: Stephanie Perkins

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Stephanie Perkins with her fans during the Manila leg of her signing tour here in the country.

So, it’s been a while since this blog got updated. The reasons are perfectly valid, dear Reader Numbering in the Ones: there was that little issue of the hosting thingie that kept my blog up on the internets going kaput and erasing every post from October 2013 onwards, and then that typhoon that went through the country that plunged us INTO A SECOND DARKNESS.

But all that’s part of the past now. I’ve put up (sloppy) versions of the entries that disappeared into the ether, and our internet connection finally, finally came back a couple of days ago. And I suddenly have lots of free time.

This conversation with Stephanie Perkins happened weeks ago, but I still remember it so clearly because I don’t think I’ve talked to a visiting author who was as cheerful and enthusiastic as she was. Sure, Margaret Stohl, Melissa dela Cruz, and Alyson Noel were a barrel of laughs (I’d like you guys to the transcript, but I can’t find it anywhere now.), but there were three of them. Stephanie was all by herself! And she had some stomach problems to boot!

ANYWAY. Under the cut, Stephanie talks about growing up in a family of readers, her publication journey, and her writing process. Also, we fangirled for a bit about Francesca Lia Block.

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Author interview: Jenny Han

Jenny Han with Town and Country editor-in-chief Yvette Fernandez, National Book Store's Xandra Ramos-Padilla, and Han's HUNDREDS of fans.
Jenny Han with Town and Country editor-in-chief Yvette Fernandez, National Book Store’s Xandra Ramos-Padilla, and Han’s HUNDREDS of fans.

I know, I know, this is like a bajillion years late, but it’s been a busy few weeks at the day job, what with restructuring and all that unsexy stuff that goes on with corporations. But it’s going up now!

I have to admit that I’ve long seen Jenny Han’s Summer series on bookstore shelves but never really had the urge to pick up a copy, mostly because I was very deeply into Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Creatures series. I picked them up pretty quickly when I heard she was coming over, and even picked up her latest, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

And while I like the Summer books well enough, I absolutely loved To All The Boys I‘ve Loved Before. So I was really pumped to talk to her about it during this interview. Aside from that, we also got to touch on issues of diversity in YA (young adult) books, as well as whether one really needs an MFA to become a successful writer.

The full transcript under the cut!

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Author interview: Veronica Rossi

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(Regular reader numbering in the Ones, if you haven’t noticed it yet, my blog went through a snafu that resulted in all the posts from October 2013 onwards to vanish into the ether. So I’m just uploading all of these transcripts without any garnishing because I barely remember what I wrote back then.)

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Author interview: Gayle Forman

Gaze upon Gayle Forman and the eldritch horror to her right.
Gaze upon Gayle Forman and the eldritch horror to her right.

(Regular reader numbering in the Ones, if you haven’t noticed it yet, my blog went through a snafu that resulted in all the posts from October 2013 onwards to vanish into the ether. So I’m just uploading all of these transcripts without any garnishing because I barely remember what I wrote back then.)

RONREADS (RR): Is it your first time in the country? I know you’re well-traveled.

GAYLE FORMAN (GF): It’s not. I’ve been here before, in 1996 or 1997. It was a long time ago. I used to work for Seventeen magazine and when I was there, UNICEF contacted us and they were sending a bunch of journalists from youth magazines to write articles on youth activism. I met youth activists changing the world in different places.

RR: What was your impression of the country back then? I think I was in sixth grade back then.

GF: Thank you. Thank you for that.

RR: Sorry.

GF: I remember that I had an immediate sense of the Filipino people being incredibly friendly. People are generally friendly, but there was a particular warmth, which now that I’ve made a lot of Filipino friends back home, I get it. It’s like the Brazilians, there’s just something warm.

As for the country, I thought it was incredibly diverse. We also went to Leyte, so I got to see the rural aspect of the country. There’s so much US history embedded here. We went to a base when we were in Leyte. I also remember some excellent shopping — I have some clothes from that trip that I still wear. I remember that the traffic was legendary.

RR: (Laughs) It still is!

GF: And the food was fantastic.

RR: Is this your first time back?

GF: Yeah. It’s such a short trip. I’m in Manila until Sunday and I’m in Cebu until Monday night.

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Author interview: Kate Evangelista

1898007_10152009212331914_1530310742_n(Regular reader numbering in the Ones, if you haven’t noticed it yet, my blog went through a snafu that resulted in all the posts from October 2013 onwards to vanish into the ether. So I’m just uploading all of these transcripts without any garnishing because I barely remember what I wrote back then.)

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Author interview: Becca Fitzpatrick

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(Regular reader numbering in the Ones, if you haven’t noticed it yet, my blog went through a snafu that resulted in all the posts from October 2013 onwards to vanish into the ether. So I’m just uploading all of these transcripts without any garnishing because I barely remember what I wrote back then.)

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Author interview: Kiera Cass

I know, I know, it’s been several weeks since Kiera Cass was here in the country, but the past month has been hectic, what with my day job and the Manila International Book Fair and Margaret Stohl, Melissa dela Cruz, and Alyson Noel all stopping by at the same time. I’ve barely been able to keep up with my paying job, much less this non-paying one!

Anyway, this interview with Kiera Cass was really fun. She was very bubbly and energetic, and it’s kinda hard not to be infected by that just a little bit. Also, we’re both One Direction fans (What? what? DEAL WITH IT.) so obviously we were speaking to each other on the astral level.

Read the interview under the cut!

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Author interview: Marivi Soliven Blanco

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Right from the very first paragraph, I was already sold on Marivi Soliven Blanco’s “The Mango Bride”. It was just the kind of humor that I liked, and as I continued reading the book kept on winning me over again and again, either through its humor or the peek into Philippine high society that Soliven Blanco gives us.

That was why it was so exciting for me to actually talk to her during her (still ongoing!) visit here to the country. I was able to sit down with her before her book signing event at the National Book Store flagship store at Glorietta 1, and she talked about the long road to publication, her fondness for Manila, as well as whether the workshop process is something all aspiring writers should undergo.

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Author interview: Jessica Hagedorn

'Manila Noir' contributors (standing, from left) Kajo Baldisimo, Budjette Tan, F. H. Batacan, Jessica Hagedorn, Butch Dalisay, Angelo R. Lacuesta, (seated, from left) Lourd De Veyra, R. Zamore Linmark, and Rosario Cruz-Lucero.
‘Manila Noir’ contributors (standing, from left) Kajo Baldisimo, Budjette Tan, F. H. Batacan, Jessica Hagedorn, Butch Dalisay, Angelo R. Lacuesta, (seated, from left) Lourd De Veyra, R. Zamora Linmark, and Rosario Cruz-Lucero.

I know, I know, it’s been a few weeks since “Manila Noir” was launched. But my day job has all but eaten into my blogging life, and as such updates have been very few and far between.

Anyway, enough excuses. Here’s the transcript of my interview with Jessica Hagedorn, editor of “Manila Noir” and acclaimed author of “Dogeaters”.

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Author interview: Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs

The HUGE crowd at the Taherhe Mafi signing.
The HUGE crowd at the Tahereh Mafi signing.

This interview, as you all know, happened months ago. They’re long gone from our shores, and a lot of you have probably already have had pretty nice conversations with them on their respective Twitter accounts.

And usually, that would be that. I’ve already written my articles on them for the newspaper I work with, usually followed by me putting up the transcript of their interviews, and I would go on with my merry way, trudging through Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” and hoping against hope that today is the day I finally get to update my blog.

But as it turns out, I didn’t put up this transcript. So here it is!

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