#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 aContinue reading “#HeistClub: From the Streets to the Books”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ by Irene Recio

by Gaelle Ansaldo THE STORY Everything in Nikki’s life is picture perfect: her photography has taken off and is now a thriving business, she is reconnecting with old friends, and her husband is nothing but devoted to her. That is, until she discovers a shocking truth that might put her and her family in danger. Get aContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ by Irene Recio”

Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub Authors Part 3

by Allana Luta In the final part of our New Blood series, we talk with seasoned #HeistClub members who participated in the creation of The Secrets That We Keep and published the sequel to their first #HeistClub crime story. Yeyet Soriano was one of the editors of Secrets, while Mark Manalang contributed a short story to theContinue reading “Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub Authors Part 3”

Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub New Blood Authors Part 2

by Allana Luta Last week, we featured the new #HeistClub authors who published their short stories in the anthology The Secrets That We Keep. In this interview, we talk with Georgette Gonzales, Irene Recio and J. Guibone, all of whom were part of the original #HeistClub batch. Georgette edited Secrets along with Yeyet Soriano, while IreneContinue reading “Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub New Blood Authors Part 2”

#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 onlineContinue reading “#HeistClub Spotlight: New Blood”

#HeistClub: The Pursuit of Justice and the Idea Behind “Soul Makers”

by J. Guibone I’ve always been fascinated with the strange, the uncanny, and the darkness in people. That fascination has something to do with my desire to explore—and eventually triumph over—that darkness. A friend of mine, who knew Mina V. Esguerra, sent me a link to a call for submissions for a crime anthology and workshop,Continue reading “#HeistClub: The Pursuit of Justice and the Idea Behind “Soul Makers””

#HeistClub: Behind ‘Chasing an ATM Schemer’

by Racquel Sarah A. Castro Conceptualizing a crime fiction story was a challenge for me because at the core of my writing objective is the aspiration to make people feel good about who they are. Therefore, I wrote romance and inspirational pieces. So, really, shifting genres to mystery or thriller never crossed my mind. I couldContinue reading “#HeistClub: Behind ‘Chasing an ATM Schemer’”

#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 thatContinue reading “#HeistClub: The Psychology of Crime”

#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 andContinue reading “#HeistClub: Manila in the Eyes of an Outsider”

#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 anContinue reading “#HeistClub: Writing ‘Classified’”