#HeistClub: From the Streets to the Books

by Ana Valenzuela Cars rushing past. Pedestrians in conversation. The traffic enforcer’s motions guiding everything that moves so they don’t end in a gridlock. Faces of celebrities on every billboard along the length of EDSA. These are just some things a commuter notices on his way to work. On her way home. Going to a party or get-together. It was under these circumstances that I found the inspiration for my first #HeistClub book, High Stakes. A particular poster along Quezon Avenue caught my attention. It was not a billboard, but an announcement from the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority). There…

#HeistClub Spotlight: New Blood

by Georgette S. Gonzales “But there’s no Filipino crime fiction to read!” So readers say, and the local author community could do nothing but provide them with #HeistClub. *wink* For those who have not heard of #HeistClub, it was introduced in 2015 by author Mina V. Esguerra together with Bronze Age Media, Inc. An online workshop was organized hoping to produce new crime fiction stories written by Filipino authors, featuring Filipino characters in a Philippine setting. And to ensure the authors would continue cultivating the genre, submissions must be a Case Number 1. Eighty-one signees underwent the workshop, but only…

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….