Bianca Beatriz Bumanlag Ofreneo, or just Bianca, is a young author from Batangas, Philippines. She is currently a sixth grader at CFA Homeschool. Her hobbies include writing, drawing, and painting. The Last Page is her first published book. Buy the book here.
Hi, Bianca! Congratulations on your book. When did you first realize you wanted to write?
I’ve always enjoyed writing because it’s super fun, but I never thought I would come this far. I’m publishing my own book, which I am very thankful for! Joining the writers club in my school has helped me improve my writing, creativity, and more. After the first cycle of being there, I realized I loved writing and wanted to continue doing so.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from multiple sources, like from some of my favorite books, songs I find very good, and just my imagination. In fact, I got my idea for my book while I was just randomly writing in a notebook, and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be weird if writing just appeared out of nowhere?” And I turned it into a story.
What was your favorite scene to write, and why?
I would say the start of the story where I get to introduce Louise as a character, and I get to show what her life is like and everything, and how she is a person. Writing the first part of a story is always very fun because you get to introduce the reader to a whole world that you have created and it’s just very exciting.
Share a favorite book?
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan! The books are so captivating and interesting, especially the details about Greek Mythology, which I didn’t think I would be so interested in. I also like how it is narrated from Percy’s perspective (the 12-year-old main character of the series).
Why is reading important?
It helps us understand things and boosts our imagination and creativity.
What are the tools and practices you think are important to all writers, regardless of age or experience?
Always read books. Even though everyone says this and it doesn’t sound all that convincing, it really does help with writing, because the more you read the more you can pick up techniques to make your writing better, as well as making up a good plot. Another thing, is to always be open to suggestions, and how you can improve your story overall.
Two girls in different worlds. One magical notebook.
When fifteen-year-old Louise goes to summer camp, she accidentally finds a magical notebook where letters from Reyna, a girl her age who lives in Ellandia, appear on its pages. Both looking for a friendship, Louise and Reyna write to each other, sharing their daily adventures and hopes.
But as time flies, a problem arises: the magical notebook is close to running out of pages. Desperate to meet, Louise and Reyna go through all sorts of trouble to get to each other. Will they finally be together, or will their friendship get stuck in the pages, or worse, in the portal between their worlds?
Buy the book here.