Adulting for Authors

Ansela Corsino

Each week, Ansela Corsino interviews an author over coffee to talk about how they stay productive.

#009 – Plot Challenges with Mina V. Esguerra
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Romance author Jay E. Tria and I chat about productivity, writing fictional bands and ... eggs. Among other things! I also ramble on about fountain pens. Enjoy! Episode chapters 00:00:00 - Welcome!00:01:20 - Survey on illustrated romance covers00:04:30 - I went to a workshop!00:12:28 - I got new ink, (Not a tattoo.)00:17:21 - Coming up: Jay E. Tria interview + what’s a live reading?00:18:57 - INTERVIEW with Jay01:06:19 - LIVE READING: “Ask Me Nicely” performed by Gab Pangilinan and Bibo Reyes01:15:01 - Wrap up (Please scroll down for the show notes.) Guest Jay E. Tria is an author of contemporary young adult, new adult romance and paranormal/urban fantasy. She is often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel. Find a complete list of her books here. Find her works on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Wattpad. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes 00:00:49 - The Playlist Series by Jay E. Tria00:01:02 - La Mere Poulard00:01:09 - Brigitte Bautista interview00:01:20 - SURVEY: Representation on Illustrated Contemporary Romance Novel Covers00:04:30 - “You On Your Own Terms” — workshop by Maloy Luakian (Hey she’s holding a writing workshop on Saturday!)00:06:57 - Content builds community — what it means to an introvert on Wattpad00:08:29 - The importance of an author’s brand to productivity00:10:30 - “You On Your Own Terms”— my testimonial!00:12:32 - The episode with Paolo Manalo00:12:48 - Everything Calligraphy 00:13:14 - Vinta Inks00:16:45 - Pink Sands (Santa Cruz 1983) ink00:17:27 - April Feels Day 201900:17:53 - What is a live reading?00:18:57 - INTERVIEW: Jay E. Tria00:19:35 - Jay tells us about herself00:19:37 - The #RomanceClass community00:20:17 - #StrangeLit00:20:38 - Jay’s latest releasesSecond Wave SummerYou Out of Nowhere00:21:08 - Flair — steamy romance books00:29:57 - Books by JayBlossom Over FlowersPlaylist #1: Songs of Our BreakupPlaylist #2: Songs to Get Over YouPlaylist #3: Songs to Make You Stay#StrangeLit - “Majesty”Others 00:31:18 - What Jay learned from Paolo Chikiamco in the #StrangeLit workshop00:32:25 - Where Ansela learned how to crack an egg: Sabrina (1954)00:36:41 - What digital apps does Jay use?SpreadsheetsMicrosoft WordNotepadFreewriting (on Notepad)00:38:19 - Scrivener?00:39:19 - How does Jay manage writing with having a day job?00:50:52 - What’s Jay working on now?00:51:13 - On writing about fictional bands and writing songs in books00:55:53 - Jay’s influencesMina V. EsguerraArctic MonkeysBanana YoshimotoGail Tsukiyama00:58:45 - Film adaptation: A Song to Get Over You01:03:13 - Who is Jay’s literary benchmark?01:05:23 - Find Jay on Twitter, Instagram, and on her website.01:06:19 - LIVE READING: “Ask Me Nicely” performed by Gab Pangilinan and Bibo Reyes01:17:03 - Please rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcast! Subscribe RSS feed

Jul 2019

1 hr 19 min

Over a lovely breakfast at La Mere Poulard, I had a chat with F/F romance author Brigitte Bautista. We talked about how outlining made her a better, more productive writer, why writing fiction is kind of like programming (her day job), and her new book You, Me, U.S. (out now on Amazon KDP Unlimited, also available as a paperback on April Feels Day). When she's not chained to a desk writing software code, Brigitte Bautista writes lesbian fiction and poetry. She participated in Anvil Publishing's very own #SparkNA writing workshop, where her first book baby, Don't Tell My Mother, was born. Brigitte is a huge sports freak and considers crying over sports strangely therapeutic. She has never met a doughnut she did not like and atones for the overeating by taking long walks or riding her bike around the city Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Transcript 00:16 Ansela:Welcome to Adulting for Authors. This is episode number 10. I'm your host Ansela Corsino, and I am a romance author. Adulting for Authors is a podcast about productivity. Productivity: you call it binge reading, I call it research.  In today's episode, I interview Brigitte Bautista. She is an author of f/f romance books— that's female/female. They are very adorable. I completely loved her first book Don’t Tell My Mother. It was funny. It was sweet. It was romantic and exciting and really hot. 00:57 And I generally don't read FF romances, but her book was just ... it was just wonderful. And I’m sure this second one —her latest book titled You, Me, U.S. — is going to be just as great. If not better. Because that's how it is when you're a writer: you get better with every new book right? Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading it. It's on my TBR list.  01:24 Brigitte and I met up at this really lovely French place called La Mere Poulard. Apparently it roughly translates to “the mother hen”. I think. Anyway, they serve these really adorable fluffy omelets which we all ordered. We had a couple of other people along with us. And it's a really nice place. It's quiet in the morning, if you're in the mood for a quiet breakfast. It got really busy as soon as lunch rolled in. We did manage to have our chat and I hope you enjoy listening to it.  02:08 Now before we move on to the interview, I will read the blurb of You, Me, U.S. 02:15 Best friends Jo and Liza are as opposite as night and day. Sex worker Jo swears by the worry-free, one-day-at-a-time dance through life. Salesclerk Liza has big plans for her family's future, and there is nothing bigger than a one-way trip to the U.S. But an almost-kiss, a sex dare, and news of Liza's engagement to her American boyfriend unveil feelings Jo and Liza never thought they had. Deciding between staying together and drifting apart puts Liza's best-laid plans and Jo’s laidback life in jeopardy.  When love clashes with lifelong ambitions and family expectations, someone has to give in. Question is: who? 03:09 And now here is my interview with Brigitte Bautista. BREAK 03:23 Ansela: Hello, Brij. 3:24 Brigitte Bautista: Hello, Ansela. Thanks for having me on Adulting for Authors.  A: Yes. Thank you for coming. We’re here at La Mere Poulard. I hope I’m saying that right.  03:35 BB: Fancy! 03:37 A: Yeah, we’re at La Mere Poulard in SM Aura. I’m sitting with Brij Bautista. Author of the fabulous Don’t Tell My Mother. And I’m here to talk to Brij about productivity. 03:54 A: Please tell us something about yourself. 03:57 BB: Hello, I'm Brigitte Bautista. I’m a #RomanceClass author. So when I’m not chained to a  desk writing software code, I write romance fiction. I write FF mostly. Like, 100% of the time. 04:16 A: Of course. 04:19 BB: My first book — Don’t Tell My Mother— I published that during the Spark NA writing workshop held by Anvil Publishing and mentored by Mina V. Esguerra. The book has since gone to land on National Bookstore’s bestseller list. 04:36 A: Yes, I know. We saw! BB: Yeah. So more recently I worked with #RomanceClass authors to publish the anthology Start Here: Short Stories of First Encounters. I served as co-editor with Ronald Lim for that. I also contributed a short story to the anthology. 04:54 A:What was the title of the short story?  BB: “Lemon Drop Friday” A: Yes! It was so cute. 05:00 BB: Thank you! 05:02 A: I first listened to an excerpt during ... I think it was Feels So Prom? BB: Yeah, that was Feels So Prom. A: And she has a new book coming out. 05:13 BB: I'm going to release my second novel, You, Me, U.S. on April 15. That’s the digital release. And then —fingers crossed, everything goes well —I can bring print copies on April Feels Day on April 27.  05:28 A: Yeah, that's at the Loft, right? At Ortigas? BB: Yes at The Loft. 05:32 So if you're... if you wanna get print copies of Brij’s new book — You, Me, U.S... BB: Yes A: ...they will be available. Yeah they will. I have faith. BB : You have faith in the universe. A: The annual April Feels Day. BB: Yeah. A: On April 27. BB: So that will be a party! A: Yes, I know! 05:53 A: So what did you have? We had breakfast. Sort of. I guess it was breakfast, right? ‘Cause it’s not noon yet? BB: So I had puff omelette.  You guys had the savory type. I had caramelized apples with my puff omelette. A: How was it? BB: Pretty good. It’s my first time here. 06:10 A: I had the one with potatoes and bacon. Because I figured that would make it breakfast. So I got one with bacon. BB: We missed rice. We didn’t have rice with our omelette. 06:25 A: Probably later. They have risotto here. BB: Later na lang. A: Yeah. I like this place because it’s quiet. I think they have more people in the evening. But it’s morning now so it’s mostly just us. BB: Yeah. 06:41 A: I actually didn’t know that you worked as a programmer. I had no idea. BB: Surprise! A: Hello, fellow STEM girl! 06:51 A: I have to ask ... what kind of technology software do you work with? What do you develop? BB: I’m a COBOL programmer. A: Oh! BB: So we’re rare Pokemons. We’re dinosaurs. A: You mean people are still using COBOL now? 07:09 BB: Yes. Because they use COBOL for mostly for like high-volume transactions like banks, financial institutions. They use COBOL because it's more accommodating of, yung nga, higher volume transactions and it's hard to migrate that many ... that much data into the newer technologies. So we're still in demand for, like, a good 20 years. I'm still gonna be relevant for a good 10 to 20 years. After that I'm going to retire and just be my girlfriend's wife.  A: Yes. BB: My lawyer girlfriend’s wife.  A: That’s the dream. 07:55 A: It’s so weird ‘cause, like, in school I did take up computer science in school. I don’t think we actually took COBOL but we did take it up in history. That’s why I’m really surprised. BB: Yeah. A: Because normally a lot of languages... they get obsolete. BB: Uh huh. 08:13 A: I’m sorry we’re talking about... We’re not talking about writing anymore.  BB: Adulting for programmers! A: Yes. Maybe that could be another thing. I dunno. 08:25 A: You know, this is important. Because you have a regular — what’s that — a nine to five job? BB: Yeah.  A: So how do you balance the writing and your programming. BB: When I’m working on a project, I really carve time to write. So either ... it depends on my current situation. Sometimes I assign writing time early in the morning before I get the work. And sometimes it makes sense to, like, have an hour in the evening before I sleep.  Just forming that habit every day. Showing up whether on the schedule that you impose on yourself.  09:11 A: Do you think about your current work in progress while you're at your day job? 09:18 BB: Yeah! Sometimes I write — sorry. Sometimes I write on my day job because they don't pay me enough to be overly serious at my job so... I think I made most of Don’t Tell My Mother ... A: *laughing* 09:38 BB: Please don’t tell my employer. Don’t tell my employer, but I know I did most of Don’t Tell My Mother on company time. 09:49 A: Well, you’re still employed so you seem to be doing a good job. BB: Yeah. A: Good job. BB: Yeah. A: I think it's a writer thing that no matter what we're doing ... BB: Yeah. A: We’re sometimes still thinking of our WIP. So that happens. 10:03 BB:That happens that happens to me too. When I'm working on a project, I think about it all the time just... The writing time, obviously, the writing time that I carve or that I schedule— it’s more for the manual work like typing. Typing stuff. Putting words in. But the brainstorming, the scene storm, conceptualizing dialogue— it happens all the time.  A: All the time. BB: Yeah.  A: Like, when you’re trying to sleep? BB: Yes. A: Right. 10:34 BB: And then you wake up and, like, “Come on, let me sleep! That scene can wait.” A: Say you’re trying to sleep and you think of something that you feel that you have to write down. What do you ... what is the first thing you reach for? BB: Paper. And pen. It doesn't matter. Well, I always have a notebook naman in my bag, but sometimes it can't wait. So I just use backs of receipts, tissue paper. I've used tissue paper, scratch paper — anything to write. And sometimes my phone but I don't ... it doesn't work for me ... typing on the phone. ‘Cause when I write, that’s when, like, my mind and my hand are more in sync so... Next >> Show Notes Coming soon! Music is "Lit" from Unminus. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Apr 2019

46 min 12 sec

I interview romance author Mina V. Esguerra about her writing process and how she manages to hit her word count goals. We also go in-depth about her difficulties with her latest book Kiss and Cry (which is available now so go get it). While we chatted, we had a yummy lunch at Mom & Tina's in Greenhills on the Lunar New Year (yes this episode is super late sorry). But wait, there's more! At the end of the episode, there's a recording of a live reading from last year's #RomanceClass FeelsFest of an excerpt from Mina's book What Kind of Day, the first book in her Six 32 Central series. The live reading was performed by Gio Gahol and Graie So. Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance novels. Visit minavesguerra.com to learn more about her writing, publishing experiments, events, and advocacies. When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, publisher, and publishing mentor. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy). Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes 00:00:15 – Intro 00:00:50 - Our guest: Mina V. Esguerra 00:01:21 - What is #RomanceClass? 00:01:38 - Mom & Tina’s 00:02:15 - The problem with having known your guest for a really long time 00:05:15 – Interview with Mina V. Esguerra 00:05:40 - We talk about the cafe we’re at 00:06:35 - What we’re eating/drinking 00:08:01 - Q: Plotter or pantser? 00:10:46 - On sharing your writing progress to the public 00:13:20 - On how hard it was to finish Kiss and Cry 00:15:22 - Q: Do you like challenging yourself? 00:19:40 - Q: Do you write long hand or on the computer? 00:20:09 - Productivity tool: the bluetooth keyboard 00:22:32 - Productivity tool: Google Docs, Notepad, notebook 00:23:42 - Q: Are you picky with your pens and notebooks? 00:25:23 - Productivity hack: Writing long hand 00:27:46 - Vellum as a publishing and productivity tool 00:31:08 - Q: Most productive work hours? 00:34:17 - Writing excercise/challenge: writing out of sequence 00:36:46 - Productivity hack: recording notes with your phone 00:38:26 - Q: Is there an author whose career you would like to emulate? 00:38:54 - On Beverly Jenkins and the difficulty of accessing diverse books locally 00:39:43 - On writing books —especially romances — set in time periods that were Not Fun 00:40:56 - On reading authors who have greatly influenced other authors you’ve read 00:45:40 - Mina’s newest book— Fil-Ams, figure skating, and hot hockey action (maybe) 00:47:44 - About Mina's Six 32 Central Series, how it's different/similar to her previous book series Chic Manila 00:49:00 - On writing characters younger than you 00:53:10 - On writing and reading romance series 00:56:50 - Q: How many books are you publishing this year? 00:57:35 - A new anthology : real wedding, fake dates— coming in 2019 00:58:49 - Mina’s upcoming serialized short story 01:00:31 - Q: Any #RomanceClass workshops in 2019? 01:00:48 - #RomanceClass imprints: Flicker and Flair 01:01:48 - Follow Mina on social media (Twitter, Instagram) and on her website. 01:02:03 - Contact Mina through her website 01:03:39 - The #RomanceClass short films (teaser here) 01:04:56 - Thank you, Mina! 01:05:55 – Outro 01:06:44 - Soon: April Feels Day on April 27, 2019 01:09:49 - Upcoming podcast guests: Brigitte Bautista, Jay E. Tria and Six de los Reyes 01:05:55 – Outro 01:10:50 – Live reading of an excerpt from What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra, performed by Gio Gahol and Graie So Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Apr 2019

1 hr 20 min

I spoke with poet and professor Paolo Manalo about how he makes words happen. It turns out writing fiction is a kinda different from writing poetry, who knew? If you love words, you’ll enjoy this episode. Paolo Manalo’s first collection Jolography (2003) received recognition from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor. It will be re-issued in a Retconned edition by UP Press this 2019. Manalo has received fellowships from the UP National Writers Workshop, the Taboan Writers Festival, and the MacDowell Colony. He teaches English, literature, and creative writing at UP-Diliman. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes 00:00:15 - Welcome/Intro00:01:02 - Why this episode is late00:05:20 - Introducing our guest Paolo Manalo00:06:00 - Productivity in poetry writing— is that even a thing?00:07:21 - Our venue: Agico Cafe (#8 Missouri Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City)00:09:23 - Coffee is life (tea is okay too)00:10:10 - Start of interview 00:10:54 - What we’re drinking00:12:15 - That Ann Wigmore quote00:13:35 - Paolo’s new book pamphlet E is for Epal00:14:00 - Paolo’s first poetry collection Jolography was published 15 years ago00:14:39 - What even is an EP 00:14:52 - Paolo’s soon-to-be-released poetry collection00:16:14 - An ultimatum by your friends — best productivity hack maybe?00:16:35 - E is for Epal as an “interval collection”00:16:55 - Epal: definition and origin 00:18:55 - Why was the collection called E is for Epal ?Puns00:19:57 - Epal cover design, and getting blurbed by Bob Ong00:20:51 - About Epal cover designer Michael Balili, author of poetry collection Velocirupture00:21:24 - Plotter vs Pantser — does this apply to poetry?How does Paolo plan his poetry collections (or does he?)00:21:56 - Visionary vs Gatherer00:24:33 - Paolo as a professor of Creative WritingOn teaching poetry to both CW majors and non-CW majors00:26:39 - On the importance of writing poetry “out loud”00:28:21 - Do contemporary poems still follow rules of meter and structure?00:29:39 - Is it difficult having a writer career and a teaching career?00:32:24 - The importance of taking enough time to write a poetry collection and having “space” between collections00:33:35 - Paolo’s productivity toolsNotebooksPlanners (“Plan-nerd”)Not a lot of digital appsFountain pens forever!00:36:10 - Bullet journaling and the pomodoro technique00:36:30 - Hobonichi weeks planner00:37:00 - Most productive hours of the day/Most productive places to write00:38:57 - On writing about the world when you’re outside00:40:38 - What is “jologs”?00:40:54 - Do you feel you need to explain the references in your poetry?Notes to poems add pages to a bookNotes as “baggage”00:46:49 - Jolography reduxresequencedretconnedrealigned with Epal and the upcoming collection00:50:00 - Any plans to be a full-time poet?00:50:47 - On having students succeeding as poets00:52:30 - Who are the future of poetry?00:54:00 - Paolo’s current favoritesWendy CopeIsabela Banzon00:58:55 - Favorite Pinoy poetsVirgilio Almario a.k.a. Rio Alma01:01:15 - How long does a poetry student take to find their voice?01:03:36 - On living up to reader expectations: poetry and fiction01:06:01 - Poetry eventsSpoken-word sessions at Sev’s Cafe (now closed)Conspiracy Garden Cafe - Words Anonymous’s “Dirty Laundry” Filipinas Heritage Library01:08:30 - Have you thought of producing audiobooks of your work?Local authors are creating audiobooks of their fictionLive readingsCan actors properly do a reading of someone else’s poetry?01:10:24 - “Instagram poets”01:12:29 - On writing for a specific medium01:14:29 - Poetry stickers?01:15:52 - Discovering different media for poetry01:16:47 - Where to find Paolo online01:17:28 - On students asking authors to do their homework01:18:24 - Where to find E is for Epal :Solidaridad in Ermita, ManilaBookay-Ukay in Quezon CityGacha Press on ShopeeAmazon Kindle*01:19:33 - Where to find JolographyLocal bookstoresU.P. PressUpper Shelf at UP Town Center01:21:25 - Thank you, Paolo!01:21:40 - Wrap up01:22:40 - Please subscribe to the podcast!01:24:04 - Please rate this podcast and/or leave a rating on Apple Podcasts01:25:54 - Who’s the next guest on Adulting for Authors?01:26:33 - Thank you for listening This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Affiliate links will not affect the price of your purchases. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Mar 2019

1 hr 27 min

This week's episode features an interview with romance author Tara Frejas. We met over dinner at Barcino on a Sunday night, and she shared with me her writing process and why she writes the stories she does, among a lot of things. We also chat about the upcoming #RomanceClass film project and a romance anthology she's co-authoring with five other writers. And as a special treat, this episode also includes a recording of a live reading of an excerpt of one of Tara's books. Check out Tara's bio below, and further down, the episode shownotes. Music: Bright Wish by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories. Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes. Fun fact: She's a Piscean. Go figure. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes 00:00:00 - Intro00:00:10 - Welcome00:00:29 - Introduction to the episode00:01:03 - About Tara Frejas00:01:44 - End of intro00:01:50 - Start of interview00:02:00 - Tara tells us about herself00:02:34 - #RomanceClass00:04:00 - We're at Barcino00:04:33 - What we ate00:05:33 - Tara's Zomato Gold subscription discount code (use this to get a 20% discount): TARA4734Q00:06:00 - Carla de Guzman hangs with us00:06:15 - Tara tells us whether she's a plotter or a pantser00:07:14 - Tara's book Like Nobody's Watching00:07:42 - Tara's book Scandalized00:07:45 - Anvil's Spark New Adult workshop00:08:00 - Mina V. Esguerra organized the Spark NA Workshop00:10:28 - The Author at Once workshop00:11:36 - Using spreadsheets to outline stories00:12:13 - About Play It By Ear (Backstage Pass Series #2) by Tara00:15:17 - About #RomanceClass April Feels Day00:15:27 - Tara's editor Layla S. Tanjutco00:16:02 - Productivity tool: ColorNote on Android00:17:40 - Pio Alvez, the third wheel character in Waiting in the Wings00:18:32 - Live reading of an excerpt of Waiting in the Wings at April Feels Day 2017 (YouTube)00:20:00 - Carla is the president of the Official Pio Alvez Fan Club (Philippine Chapter)00:20:56 - Productivity tool: Daily Note app on Android00:21:05 - Productivity tool: Writeometer app on Android00:20:00 - Tara talks about her day job00:23:00 - On writing every day00:24:42 - Tara's non-digital productivity tools: notebooks and planners00:24:45 - The Starbucks planner00:25:10 - On using post-its00:25:28 - Scrivener00:26:19 - On writing songs (with lyrics!) in books00:27:32 - Tara's most productive hours of the day00:32:47 - On words not used + Tara's multiple drafts00:34:00 - Who's writing career does Tara aspire to?00:35:45 - Mina V. Esguerra's books: Iris After the Incident, The Future Chosen, My Imaginary Ex00:37:00 - Why Tara writes about theater and kpop culture00:38:00 - Tara's upcoming book: Play It By Ear00:39:50 - On fans shipping idols00:41:35 - What Tara is currently working on00:41:53 - Tara's upcoming book: wedding anthology, co-authored with Ana Tejano, Mina V. Esguerra, Jay E. Tria, Carla de Guzman, Six de los Reyes (coming in 2019)00:42:27 - The Fake Date trope00:44:00 - #ProjectDatu00:44:38 - On how #ProjectDatu happened ahead of schedule00:45:30 - On diva characters00:46:00 - On how Pio's story got written ahead of schedule00:47:08 - About the #RomanceClass short films00:47:34 - The books-turned-to-films: (1) Beginner's Guide, (2) Songs to Get Over You, (3) What Kind of Day00:47:51 - #Romance Class films teaser (#RCU)00:48:00 - How the #RomanceClass films got made00:49:20 - I Didn't Write This Episode 1 "Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy" by Yulin Kuang (YouTube)00:51:50 - BGC Art Mart00:52:41 - Gio Gahol & Gab Pangilinan00:54:00 - #RomanceClass film project editor Chi Yu Rodriguez00:54:30 - Release dates of the #RomanceClass films00:55:10 - Support #RomanceClass on Patreon00:57:18 - On how technology gives artists more avenues to distribute/publish their work00:59:50 - Live readings are the highlight of every #RomanceClass event01:00:37 - Where to find Tara Frejas online: twitter, Instagram, Facebook, website, book orders01:03:17 - Tara introduces the live reading of an excerpt of her book Like Nobody's Watching , performed by Fred Lo and Sam Aquino01:05:10 - End of interview01:05:18 - Live reading performed by Sam Aquino and Fred Lo01:10:30 - Outro01:11:00 - Subscribe to Adulting for Authors (links below)01:11:40 - Rate Adulting for Authors on Apple Podcast01:12:20 - Leave a review of Adulting for Authors on Apple Podcast01:12:32 - Goodbye! Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Jan 2019

1 hr 12 min

I chatted with Chi Yu Rodriguez at Starbucks on Matalino about how she finished a book in full-day writing sessions, and why being an #OwnVoices author writing bisexual characters in romance has its own unique kind of difficulty. You also get a special treat: at the end of the episode, I've added the live reading of an excerpt of "Five Inches Below the Knee", a short story from her story collection Love and Other Questionable Life Choices. The live reading is performed by Rachel Coates and Sam Aquino. Chi Yu Rodriguez has many feelings. Sometimes these feelings find their way to paper in the form of short stories and fiction online. Sometimes they don't come out at all and end up as unresolved sexual tension or terrible internal angst. She prefers making imaginary people go through these feelings for her pleasure. Her muses hate her for it, and they repay her by being forever fickle. She wrestles with them in her head everyday. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show notes: Chi Yu Rodriguez websiteChi on TwitterBuy Chi's booksLove and Other Questionable Life Choices Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Jan 2019

56 min 5 sec

This week's episode is an interview with romance author Carla de Guzman. At Tyler's Cafe over pancakes and cheese, we discussed Carla's productivity tools and processes. If you ask Carla what she does for a living, she will tell you that she’s not quite sure. By day, she works a regular day job and writes for a lifestyle website. By night, she’s an author and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk and making these silly love stories. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family. She’s currently on a quest to see as many Impressionist paintings as she can, and is always in search of the perfect pain au chocolat. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show notes: Tyler's CafeAlyssa ColeMigs AlmendrasChachicIlona AndrewsMina V. Esguerra#RomanceClassThe Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa ColeThe GoodReads Reading ChallengeScribd — get your first two months free! The Ripped BodiceLandianThe Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare#RomanceClass Live Reading#RomanceClass FlairLive Reading : Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco ("Hi.") Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Jan 2019

1 hr 5 min

Happy new year! In this episode I explain why AfA episode 4 is super late, and what I've been doing on the last day of 2018. We also have the second part of my interview with Liana Smith Bautista at the Books & Brews Cafe. We chatted about fanfiction and the communities around them, and more writing productivity tools. Show Notes: Bullet JournalNaNoWriMo The Pomodoro TechniqueArchive of Our OwnFanfiction.net Listen and Subscribe RSS feed About Liana Smith-Bautista / Kate Sebastian Kate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house. She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it. Her first published work of fiction was Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, after which she had a genre crisis. She eased herself back into writing with a short story, “On the Calendar,” which was accepted into the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology, published in December 2016; then published a short story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel,” in Make Your Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology, which had a limited release also in December 2016. She tried her hand at compiling and editing an anthology just a few months later with Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, which launches April 30, 2017, and which features her short story “An Overdue Adventure.” For more updates, like Kate’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katesebastianauthor and follow her on Twitter @ImKateSebastian and on Instagram @kate.sebastian. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Jan 2019

43 min 56 sec

This is the second author interview I conducted while I was in Cebu City a few weeks ago. This time, I chatted with Liana Smith-Bautista, an editor and romance author (she writes under the pen name Kate Sebastian). I spoke with Liana over coffee, pasta and cookies at the Books & Brews Cafe, and she shared her productivity tips, including scary apps and what music is great to write to. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes: Write or DieBullet JournalLogitech K480 KeyboardScrivenerGoogle DocsWord KeeperDropboxFloppy disksNaNoWriMoSpotifyRocketbook EverlastWhy English Author Neil Gaiman Writes with a Fountain Pen About Liana Smith-Bautista / Kate Sebastian Kate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house. She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it. Her first published work of fiction was Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, after which she had a genre crisis. She eased herself back into writing with a short story, “On the Calendar,” which was accepted into the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology, published in December 2016; then published a short story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel,” in Make Your Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology, which had a limited release also in December 2016. She tried her hand at compiling and editing an anthology just a few months later with Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, which launches April 30, 2017, and which features her short story “An Overdue Adventure.” For more updates, like Kate’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katesebastianauthor and follow her on Twitter @ImKateSebastian and on Instagram @kate.sebastian. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Dec 2018

37 min 47 sec

I met up with KC Cimafranca — author of paranormal and fantasy fiction — at the Abaca Baking Company in Cebu. We discuss how to write when your brain refuses to cooperate and your characters fall silent. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed Show Notes Rin Chupeco (Author) website | TwitterMina V. Esguerra (Author) website#RomanceClassHaunting of Hill HouseAswangDuwendeAbaca Baking CompanyEngkwentro: Tales of the Strange & Supernatural on Amazon#StrangeLit - Incredible Truths on BuqoAnsela's Patreon About KC KC Cimafranca purposefully flunked a university entrance examination so she would have an excuse to take up mass communications instead of accountancy. A decade or so after graduation and she still finds herself filling up time writing dialogues and creating scenes in her mind. She also discovered it’s a good way to tune out her three children’s constant screams for their mother. A virtual assistant by day, she reads romance, serial killer, or YA fantasy novels or watches kdramas at night. Contact Kate: Twitter - @alveel_kaithInstagram - @alveel_cake Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Nov 2018

33 min 51 sec

I met up with KC Cimafranca — author of paranormal and fantasy fiction — at the Abaca Baking Company in Cebu. We discuss how to write amidst chaos and exactly how much milk tea one needs to do a full night's work. Listen and Subscribe RSS feed About KC KC Cimafranca purposefully flunked a university entrance examination so she would have an excuse to take up mass communications instead of accountancy. A decade or so after graduation and she still finds herself filling up time writing dialogues and creating scenes in her mind. She also discovered it’s a good way to tune out her three children’s constant screams for their mother. A virtual assistant by day, she reads romance, serial killer, or YA fantasy novels or watches kdramas at night. Show Notes Abaca Baking CompanyEvernoteEngkwentro: Tales of the Strange & Supernatural on Amazon#StrangeLit - Incredible Truths on BuqoTranscribe Me Contact Kate: Twitter - @alveel_kaithInstagram - @alveel_cake Listen and Subscribe RSS feed

Nov 2018

24 min 52 sec