Brave(he)art: An Interview with Shai San Jose

by KB Meniado One of the most important facets of growing up and learning who you are as an individual is being able to express yourself. It can be as diverse as the clothes you wear to the music you listen to down to the words you choose to use. For Shai, watercolor is her weapon and art is her game. Shai San Jose is a 17-year-old Animation and Game Development student. Creating art is more than just a hobby for her. When she’s not drawing, she’s drowning herself in books, movies or TV series—any of those three, or she’s probably…

Where A ‘Promdi Heart’ Goes (Part 3): An Interview with Jay E. Tria and Georgette S. Gonzales

by KB Meniado The start of April—which is tomorrow!—usually means vacation, and if you’re still looking for places to get away to, here’s Promdi Heart, a romance anthology set in different Philippine provinces. Did I say places? I meant, pages! Once you get your hands on this, you would definitely start planning your itinerary and looking at bus and plane schedules! (This book, by the way, is also good for #BookbedReadsPHLit!) In this interview, we talk to two of the authors, Jay E. Tria and Georgette S. Gonzales, about reconnecting with old friends and “ideal” dates! (Read Parts 2 and 3 here.) Hi Jay! One Certain Day…

Where A ‘Promdi Heart’ Goes (Part 2): An Interview with Chris Mariano and Agay Llanera

by Kevin Dones Preparing your to-read pile for the next month? You might want to add Promdi Heart, a romance anthology set in different Philippine provinces that is sure to take you on adventures! (Also good for #BookbedReadsPHLit!) In this interview, we talk to two of the authors, Chris Mariano and Agay Llanera, about summer festivals, fishermen’s abs and how to write about love! (Read Parts 1 and 3 here.) Hi, Chris! I love that Drummer Boy’s central setting is in Kalibo, Aklan during the famous Ati-Atihan festival, and that it is about the titular character! What inspired you to write this story? Ati-Atihan…

Where A ‘Promdi Heart’ Goes (Part 1): An Interview with C.P. Santi and Ines Bautista-Yao

by Inah Peralta Summer is almost here, and that means you’re probably already planning where to go or what to do this vacation. Good thing reading is always an option! Here is a recommendation: Promdi Heart, a romance anthology set in different Philippine provinces. (Also good for #BookbedReadsPHLit!) In this interview, we talk to two of the authors, C.P. Santi and Ines-Bautista-Yao, as they take us to Misamis and Negros Occidental for adventure, food and of course, love. Read on to get ideas for your summer getaways! (Read Parts 2 and 3 here.) Hi, C.P.! I have read your works, Dare To Love…

On Best Beginnings: An Interview with ‘Before I Do’ Author Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

by Twila Bergania When we first read Before I Do (BIDO), it was refreshing to find what Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla’s writing brought to our bedsides and shelves. As in our book review, it felt a lot like chatting with a really good—albeit brutally honest—friend over coffee. Heroine Kit Castille’s strong sense of growth made sense after her younger years in its prequel, What Am I To You, first released here on Bookbed. But after self-publishing fictionalized romance, the author decided to change course, and late last year, she released the BIDO Anthology, a compilation of love stories Filipino romance readers would love to sink their teeth…

Writing Letters for Every Girl: An Interview with ‘Found’ Author Isa Garcia

by Lausanne Barlaan Letter writing had been tagged ‘outdated’ more than once before, and with the constant surge of new technologies of how people send messages across—email, text, blog and social media, some would consider the claim to be true. Who writes letters anymore? Well.. Dear friend, I had the opportunity of talking to a letter writer today. Her name is Isa Garcia, and she just came out with a book called Found, a compilation of letters about life and love she has written over the years. Let me share with you what she said about this supposedly dying art form and why…

Pawing Through Bookmarks and Paper Goods: An Interview with Sashi’s Squad

by KB Meniado Receipts, scraps of paper, rulers, apple corks—that’s just some of the things readers use as bookmarks. But there are other readers, just like our Bookmarked friends here, who take it to another level. They have vast collections of some of the best page markers ever made that are practical and eye-catching. You may also find some more that are both sensible and cute on Sashi’s Squad, maker of Bookbed’s Fine For Spine bookmarks. Read our interview (or of course, bookmark it for later!) with the hands behind the paws that produce such handmade crafts. Shayne Pechayco is a 25-year-old licensed nurse and the crafter…

Going for Takedown: An Interview with Author Bianca Mori

by Nina Arquiza Bianca Mori’s first novella, One Night at the Palace Hotel, was published in 2014, and this was soon followed by Tame the Kitten. In Too Deep, published in 2015, marked the start of the Takedown trilogy, her first series. Now, over a year later, the final book, entitled Scorched Earth, has been released! Bianca Mori’s earlier published works are steamy, and with the trilogy, she blends that steam with action and suspense. A definite bonus are the varied locales she takes us to in the series! In this interview, we’ll find out more about the author, her inspiration for the…

Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 3 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado You’ve probably seen the teasers for the upcoming film adaptation of F.H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles, the award-winning book, also tagged as the first Filipino crime novel. You’ve probably already bought a copy, to have and to read, right before the movie comes out. And now you’re probably also wondering where you can get more of that hair-raising thrill.  Well, #HeistClub’s got your back! More crime fiction is coming your way tonight as sixteen (!) crime stories will be launched tonight at The Study by Enderun at the Podium in Mandaluyong. We featured the authors of the Why We Run and What We…

Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 2 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors

by Allana Luta Last week, we launched Part 1 of our #HeistClub feature series. This time, we’re back with Part 2, with authors Irene Recio, Jee Ann Guibone, Georgette S. Gonzales and Ana Valenzuela of What We Fear who share with us their personal fears and the challenges and importance of writing crime stories. INSPIRATION AND CHALLENGES IN WRITING CRIME FICTION What made you want to write crime fiction? Irene: My love for reading started with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. I loved how these books would take me on different adventures. I like watching police procedurals on TV and guessing who did the crime….