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 Irene and J. each have a short story in the anthology. Here, they discuss the joys and difficulties of writing crime fic and what real-life crime they’d turn into a novel if given the opportunity. What made you want to write crime fiction? Georgette: The thrill…

#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…

8 Readers Whose Travels Were Inspired by Books

by KB Meniado Travelling by page is always magical, but travelling to the actual place from that very page can be surreal! Eight readers from the community (including yours truly) share their travels to places inspired by the books they read. Make sure to get your to-go and to-read lists ready! 1. The Musee du Louvre in France, inspired by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and the movie set of The Hobbit based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien in New Zealand First thing that came to my mind when I was there was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code! Good thing…

#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…

Shelfwalking: Books I Brought With Me to Another Country

by Georgette S. Gonzales Here’s a shot of my bookshelf at my residence in California. That is just about 20% of all the print books I own. It will take a few more trips home to the Philippines before I can haul everything to the States. How did I choose which ones to bring first? I chose those I have not read and will likely read soon in addition to the stash in my Kindle reader. Now, what’s in my bookshelf? Complete print copies of my published Tagalog novellas. For posterity. 😉 Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Mine isn’t complete yet. I…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for April

Welcome to the fourth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. However, this report is a little different from our previous ones. Here, we recommend some books from the Bookbed Store for you to add to your TBR pile this coming long weekend—or whenever! (Reading is eternal!) Feel free to pick up one (or some/or all) for the challenge, too! *** 1. Bayawak’s Trail by Justin Camacho-Tajonera What you’ll like: Getting in the middle of a murder mystery in the hinterlands of Surigao del Sur, soaking up Manobo folklore and…

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…