#HeistClub: The Psychology of Crime

by Yeyet Soriano I’ve always liked puzzles. I love the challenge of unraveling a mystery and finding an answer. It was probably why Math was my favorite subject as a child and I was very good at it. But as I grew older, that love transitioned to love for stories that made me think, stories that made me want to find a solution, along with the protagonist. It started with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. At that time, I wanted to grow up to be a detective. As the years went by, my taste in books and stories evolved as…

#HeistClub: Manila in the Eyes of an Outsider

by Mark Manalang The signboards light up one by one as the sun sets on Manila Bay. The bars along Remedios and Adriatico fill up with patrons. Cosplaying girls assemble at the doorsteps of karaoke clubs in Mabini. Traffic along Padre Faura and Taft builds up. Tourists roam the streets aimlessly, while beggars selling flowers and asking for loose change tail them. In the streets of Manila, the curtain rises on Sampaguita: This City is Crying, the beginning of the tale of a man’s quest for revenge, redemption, love and justice. The most difficult part of writing Sampaguita was conceptualizing protagonist…

#HeistClub: Writing Classified

by Georgette S. Gonzales I am not a stranger to crime fiction. As a young reader, I devoured Nancy Drew stories. Although many of the cases Nancy handled as a young sleuth were not the hardcore of crime as many adults know it from books for more mature audiences (ones that I enjoy now as an adult), I can say that Nancy, her friends Bess and George, their boys Ned, Burt and Dave, and series author Carolyn Keene were responsible for igniting in me the desire to uncover whodunnit, how and why. And then I became a published author. No, I…