Writing from a guy’s POV as a female author

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I recently guest posted at Lil Book Lovers where I talked about How to Write From a Male Point of View as a Female Author. Go here to read the full post.

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FAQs about the One Night sequel

Since the pub date for One Love is fast approaching I wanted to put together this list of FAQs I’ve received.

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Question: I haven’t read One Night. Will I be able to follow One Love without knowing everyone’s backstory?

Answer: Yes, One Love was designed to be a standalone novel. You do not have to have read One Night in order to enjoy it.

Question: Are my favorite characters from One Night in the sequel?

Answer: Yes. Ronnie, Johnny, and Greta are all part of the cast of One Love. There are also some new characters including Kenny, my personal favorite.

Question: What is One Love about?

Answer: You can read the full description here, but in general it’s about Thompson’s continued quest to find his true love.

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Five days left to vote for One Love!

My novel, One Love is being considered for a publishing deal with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. If chosen, Amazon will publish the digital version of One Love. The way it works is Amazon’s editors consider the concept, story, etc. and also how many nominations the book gets.

Please go here to vote and nominate One Love! There’s only 5 days left in the campaign. You can read an extended preview and if you vote and the book is selected for publication, you will receive a free digital copy of the book. You will need your Amazon login to vote.

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Where are all the Filipinos in books?

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I got the idea for this post from my new book blogger acquaintance, Kester. Kester is part of a team who runs Lil Book Lovers. Go check it out.

Anyhow, Kester is Filipino like me and mentioned he doesn’t come across many books that feature Filipinos. I don’t either.

One of the reasons I made Ronnie, Thompson’s best friend in my YA novel One Night, Filipino was because of the utter lack of Filipino representation in fiction. According to census reports Filipinos are the second largest Asian group in the United States. There are over 100 million Filipinos in the Philippines and an estimated 10 million throughout the rest of the world. To which I say, why aren’t there more Filipino characters in books?

Looking at Goodreads’ list of Filipino writers there are twenty-one books listed. There are twelve listings for YA novels set in the Philippines. That’s one reason I set my project, The Other Side of the World, there. A Guardian article from 2015 features Filipino author Candy Gourlay. Her books are great by the way, check them out. The headline of the article is: Growing up I thought Filipinos weren’t allowed to be in books. I would argue that a fair amount of kids today share that sentiment. For the amount of Filipinos in the world they don’t pop up in literature that often.

What’s the solution? Publishers need to give more Filipino authors a chance and readers need to spread the word about books with Filipino characters by leaving reviews online and telling their friends.

What about you? Any suggestions for getting more Filipino characters into books? What books have you read that feature Filipino characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Help me get a book deal!

My novel, One Love is being considered for a publishing deal with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. If chosen, Amazon will publish the digital version of One Love. The way it works is Amazon’s editors consider the concept, story, etc. and also how many nominations the book gets.

Please go here to vote and nominate One Love! You can read an extended preview and if you vote and the book is selected for publication, you will receive a free digital copy of the book.

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Four Reasons I’ve Stopped Using Facebook and Why Other Authors Should Consider It

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I’ve been experimenting with Facebook for over a year since my debut YA novel, One Night, was released. I’ve always known that being on Facebook wouldn’t necessarily help me sell books, but I thought that at minimum I could connect with potential readers who might maybe buy my second or third book (or at minimum “like” my posts). I’ve discovered, though, that Facebook is basically a waste of my time as an author. I haven’t posted anything on Facebook for more than two months which is an eon in social media time.

Four reasons I’ve stopped using Facebook:

  1. No one sees my posts. My following is pretty small, but when I look at the actual reach of posts the number of users who see them is minimal, like 25 people (and usually those are my immediate or extended family members). I know you can extend your reach if you boost posts, but I don’t want to spend money on Facebook when I could use those dollars more effectively elsewhere.
  2. I don’t like the medium. There I said it. One of my author friends, Marilyn Brant, is awesome at using Facebook. She shares recipes, videos, and other tidbits from her life with the occasional mention of writing activities and it just works. A lot of her followers engage with her. She comes across as genuinely liking the tool. I have tried to be as charming as she is in her posts but I always feel like I’m reaching a bit.
  3. I prefer other social media channels more. I love Instagram. It’s easy to use and I get so much more engagement on my posts there. Plus, it’s fun. I’m also a fan of Twitter, where I’ve been able to connect with other authors and a few readers and drive traffic to my web site.
  4. It is a time-waster. When I do login to Facebook I find myself endlessly scrolling the feed, looking for what I’m not sure. Overall it has been a time suck or a distraction so I’ve deleted the app from my phone. I am happier now that I’ve done so.

What about you, are you still on Facebook? Talk about your experience in the comments.

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Happy Birthday, One Night!

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A year ago today One Night made it’s way into the world. There have been some ups and downs, for sure, but all in all I’m happy about where Thompson’s journey has taken him. I can’t wait to share the next chapter of his journey with you in the upcoming sequel, One Love. To be notified when One Love comes out sign up here.

To view all special One Night content go here.

Thank you to all my readers for your support! 🙂

Some thoughts on the One Night sequel

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File under: just for fun!

Below is a near-verbatim transcript of a conversation I had with my husband recently about the sequel to One Night. To read a synopsis of the sequel, go here.

Me: I’m worried that people are going to be upset that Johnny’s not in this one as much. But Thompson’s away at college. There isn’t a logical way for he and Johnny to interact a lot.

Hubby: What if Johnny does a gig in Panama City Beach and Thompson goes there on spring break?

Me: That’s not impossible.

Hubby: Or…you write another book about Johnny after this and write five more books about both of them. And then at the end we find out that Thompson is actually a seventy year-old inmate in a Slovenian prison and the whole thing was made up/a fantasy in his head.

Me: I don’t think my readers would like that.

Hubby: Just an idea.

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