Can I purchase a signed copy of your book?
Hi, I’m from the Philippines. How can I get a signed copy?
Hi, unfortunately right now I can’t ship signed copies to countries other than US because of shipping costs. But the good news is that I have plans of visiting the Philippines maybe later this year, and I’d love to sign your copy for you!
Can I share your writing?
Yes, of course! However, my writing is protected and registered under copyright law, so you may share it and post it elsewhere, as long as there is proper attribution towards myself and that it retains its original form.
Who are your writer influences?
Prose-wise I admire Vladimir Nabokov, Sylvia Plath, Haruki Murakami, and Anne Sexton. I also admire Marilyn Monroe and Zelda Fitzgerald. I like writing that’s raw, vulnerable and completely honest, and that attribute influences a lot of my work.
What will your *next* book be about?
I am currently playing around with ideas of what I want it to be.
How did you get into writing?
My mom is a writer and was an editor in chief of her university school paper. She has shared her love for words with me when I was younger; our weekends were often spent in libraries and bookstores, sitting down in coffee shops, reading and writing. After she picks me up from school and takes me to her office, I would craft my own versions of fairytales in order to pass time.
Writing has been a huge part of my life. I was passionate about stories that I want to tell, even if they were just those adventures I would create out of my toys coming to life or fanfiction about characters I want to desperately fall in love.
What made you want to publish a book?
Publishing a book is that one huge dream of mine that I never thought I would actually get to do. So now that it’s here, sometimes it still doesn’t feel quite as real.
What or who inspired you to write your first book? Please elaborate.
Truthfully, I didn’t plan publishing or writing a book this year and so a lot of process leading up to releasing To the Sun, Moon, and Stars was done on a whim.
Earlier this year, I struggled a lot with my mental health. I was diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. I was prescribed a new set of medications and asked to go through therapy (again). There were a lot of factors going on in my life that affected a huge part of my well-being, and so, to focus more on my mental health, I decided to take down Paper Antlers (the blog) and delete my writing and stories.
However, my way to cope through unsteady emotions has always been through writing. I have a saved Word document which I’ve kept for years, basically a place where I would keyboard smash and write when an upheaval of emotions would wash over me and I needed to pour them out somewhere. When the blog was gone, I missed having this outlet.
I was very uncommunicative for the most part of the year, even to a point wherein I was barely responding to messages, but in an attempt to busy myself so I won’t spiral into taking three or four depressive naps a day, I tried working towards a project that I’ve always wanted to do. The Word document I referred to had a lot of writing that was enough to turn into… something, and so, with the help of my friend, I sorted it all out into an actual, written book. To the Sun, Moon, and Stars has always been a working title at the back of my head about a book I wanted to write and eventually, it became the final title of the project.
So, mostly, I’m quite anxious about sharing it because a lot of the writing is raw. For me, poetry is about emotions, and that sometimes, it doesn’t have to be polished and perfectly written.
But I hope that, in an attempt of me to be brave in sharing these stories to the world, when you decide whether or not this book is worth having, that you’ll like it and treasure it, and it’ll be one of those things you’ll hold dear. <3
Where do you get your inspirations for your poetry?
I get inspired by many things, mostly the little things, like how the sun seeps through the trees or how smoke lingers in my coffee after I pour a little bit of milk. I am inspired by characters in novels and movies, in unspoken love exchanged between glances, in people still fighting after being broken down many times.