On Becoming Our Best Selves: How Romance Author Carla de Guzman Likes It

by Kristin Carao I first encountered Carla de Guzman on Twitter. I had just discovered #romanceclass, a community of readers and authors of Filipino contemporary romance, which she is a part of. I remember feeling excited when I first started reading their books. The settings and characters were so realistic and easy to relate to that I thought I was entering into a world familiar and new at the same time. It made me miss the Philippines, my first home. When I found out she was planning on visiting Melbourne (my second home), I gladly took the chance to meet…

Bookbed reviews ‘The Queen’s Game’ by Carla de Guzman

by KB Meniado THE STORY There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.  Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home.  As a princess who’s sunk a yacht and been caught kissing popstars, it’s easy for her aunt, the regent, to think she’s ill prepared for the throne. But Nina doesn’t think that having to fake date Felipe, the handsome, squeaky clean Prince of Concordia was…

#romanceclass: Writing to Travel, Traveling to Write

by Carla de Guzman The other day I was standing in line for a buffet, considering my food options when out of nowhere, a little voice in my head wondered, “What if a cute guy suddenly approached and commented on your buffet strategy?” Would we talk about the order in which you had to eat the food? Would he be the adventurous type or the kind to eat the same things in buffets?  I was properly distracted for a few minutes, picking up slices of sashimi while wondering at the further possibilities of writing a buffet meet cute, until my sister…