November 22, 2018

Welcome to the World New Book Baby Girl and Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be grateful for this year...This book was my thesis in completion of my MFA in Creative Writing. While it's been said that writing is a solitary endeavor, editing and publishing a book, in my case, had been the result of a collaborative effort involving the assistance of many wonderful people.

Many thanks to my Thesis Advisers and professors in the MFA Fiction program at Mills College: authors Cristina Garcia, Yiyun Li and YA author Kathryn Reiss who took time to read and critique the entire manuscript in its early stages. I would also like to extend my gratitude to my writing peers in the YA Fiction workshops who critiqued my work.

I am grateful to the book's "Godmother," cover designer and publisher, my dear friend, Ana Galvan, for her meticulous work and attention to detail. Immense gratitude goes to Julie Abitbol, a true artist who listened carefully to my ideas, took time to absorb the story and then used her vivid imagination to create the artwork that graces the book's front cover.

Much appreciation goes to my editing team: Susan Medina and Judy Swager for copyediting and proofreading; and to Nemia Carpio, my longtime friend since my two-year high school stint in the Philippines, for editing the Tagalog sentences and phrases.

And of course my love and gratitude to my family and friends for their love and support and to my students for their continued commitment to the written word. Much love and thanks to my furry nephew and nieces, especially to Lilly, the Feline Editor, for continually inspiring me.

August 30, 2018

Happy 1st Birthday Book Baby!

Today, my first book of short stories, Soulstice: Living and Loving On and Off the Yoga Mat, and I share the same birthday! A year ago today, I had the honor of sharing this collection of stories that had been a labor of love for over 4 years!

I'm also happy to announce that I'm putting the "finishing touches" on my YA novel and as soon as that's done, my Christmas novella will be right on its heels as I'll be on the home stretch of editing that and hopefully (crossing my fingers!) will have it ready in time for the holidays this year!

Thank you all for your love and encouragement throughout this amazing and inspiring literary journey: to my family, my friends, my students and all the beautiful animals who continue to inspire me everyday! My gratitude for your unconditional love and support all these years! Here's to welcoming more literary blessings in the months and years to come!

August 3, 2018

Celebrating Indie Author's Birthday

Happy Birthday to author and good friend, Ana Galvan (Check her out on Instagram  @anagalvan_writes) who’s holding her newest book baby— The Other Side of the Sky, a very compelling sci-fi read with strong female characters!  

To celebrate her special day, Ana shares her passion for reading and writing with us!

*What books are on your nightstand?
The books have spilled onto the floor but on the nightstand per se I have Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth because everybody said how nasty it was, The Mysteries of Udolpho, because it's the beginning of the Gothic novel, La Isla Bajo el Mar, because I always have a book in Spanish and I found it at the San Pablo Library bookstore and finally The Ensemble, because it was on my Amazon list and I found it for free at the Contra Costa County library.

*What’s your favorite book of all time?
Anna Karenina or The Goldfinch

*Which books got you hooked on reading? On Writing?
On reading I would have to say the Spanish classics: The Poem of the Cid, Life and Adventures of Lazarillo de Tormes, and whatever was assigned in school. In the summer I would read more classics but also titles I heard my classmates talking about that were more age oriented. On writing it wasn’t really a book, it was more a need to cleanse myself from a bad marriage, that’s what inspired The Contents of Desire, then I was hooked on writing.

*Who’s your favorite fictional character?
Rebecca in the book of the same name. I find this character intriguing, unconventional and daring.

*In your opinion, what qualities make a great novel?
Characters you love or hate. Characters
make you care what happens next.

*What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
If you knew me, you wouldn’t be surprised by any of the books on my shelves.

*If you were to write a memoir, what aspect of your life would you focus on?
The adventure of migrating to the US

*Who’s your favorite historical character?
Marie Curie, could be Cleopatra or Queen Isabel of Spain (although she was too religious for my taste)

*Who’s your favorite childhood literary character or hero?
Heidi, but I have to confess I didn’t read the books. I watched the cartoons.

*What book have you read again and again and why?
The Time in Between in Spanish and English. I love the Spanish version and I wondered about the translation into Spanish. As it turns out I loved it as well. Translation is an art.

*What’s the best book you ever received as a gift?
Don Quijote de la Mancha

*What’s the best book you have ever given as a gift?
The Story of O. It was fun to give.

*Which is a book you’ve read that you wished you had written?
Call Me by Your Name

*If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Hemingway, because I am convinced he met my grandfather in Spain while he was reporting on the (Spanish) Civil War and my grandfather worked at the famous bar Chicote. I usually don’t want to meet authors. It kills the magic.

August 30, 2017

Yoga Book Baby is Born!

It's another Book Baby Girl! Born shortly after midnight, August 30, 2017, she's tiny, weighs just a few ounces, but big on LOVE! After five long years of juggling work, relationships, and family, while striving to find time to write to my heart's content, and all the tears and fears that went along with the process, this book baby has finally been born! I am grateful to you all for celebrating her birthday with me! Proceeds from the sales of this book will go toward various animal welfare organizations. Really appreciate everyone's love and support. Much gratitude goes to Alexandra Corral for the beautiful cover art! Thank you for embracing this book with an open mind and a compassionate heart! ☺❤

August 13, 2017

A Book Publishing Dream Come True!

One word to describe my entire creative writing life journey so far: GRATEFUL. I am grateful for all the beautiful loving, living beings who have supported me since I started this journey as a child of three writing on my Mom's cookbooks and recipe notebooks. I have immense gratitude to all the books, authors, teachers, students, fellow writers, readers, family, friends and furry and feathered creatures who have been there for me and whose love has sustained me through it all. I literally have to pinch myself each single day I face the blessed reality: "I'm a published author!" Fiction writing has been my first love ever since I put pen to paper, composing my own mystery stories inspired by reading those lovable Nancy Drew mystery series as a kid growing up in New Orleans and the Bay Area. And now, it's come to this: still celebrating the birth of Pretty as a Picture, Book Two of the Pretty Princess Trilogy and I'll say it's been nothing short of an amazing ride! Right on the heels of Book Two's release, I find myself still reveling in the literary universe that is the Principality of Moradonia! How blessed can one be to still have passion for all these characters and to revisit the fabulously scenic (some real, some imagined) locales along Western Europe and the Mediterranean! I truly wish for everyone to be embraced with the blessing of being able to create art and live life doing whatever it is you're passionate about! Stay inspired! Blessings and love to you all!

March 21, 2015

Not Just Another Pretty Face Kindle edition now available!

My new novel is now available in the Kindle edition for only $2.99! Visit to purchase an e-book for yourself and as gifts for your friends. Happy reading!