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In Conversation with Francesca Ekwuyasi

The past weeks have been hectic, what with a new role at work, a deadline for an anthology, manuscript consulting for SFU. However, I'm pleased to announce that I have been better at carving out reading time in the past months--I'll talk about the titles in another post. Recently though, I have had the pleasure… Continue reading In Conversation with Francesca Ekwuyasi

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Catch Up

Bringing you up to speed: I got married early September. A month later, I released my debut novel. Big events made quiet and modest by Covid-19 but cherished milestones nonetheless. Perhaps it had been for the best, the universe way of granting my true desires. A celebration of our love and commitment without all-night partying… Continue reading Catch Up

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Excerpt from The Cine Star Salon

Things are picking up for me as I prepare for a late summer wedding and a book launch this fall. But here it is, the opening section of my debut novel, The Cine Star Salon. Launch and other related news will be announced soon, but I hope you enjoy this for the meantime. The clanging… Continue reading Excerpt from The Cine Star Salon

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Book Cover: The Cine Star Salon

Finally, I am sharing the book cover for my forthcoming debut novel, The Cine Star Salon. Love that it evokes that aspirational salon vibe while hinting at imperfections beneath the surface (check out that texture). A lovely work by Kate Hargreaves of coruskate.com. I promised an excerpt, but for now check out the synopsis at… Continue reading Book Cover: The Cine Star Salon

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My short story in On Spec Magazine

Short and sweet for today: my story, Self-Segmenter, is on the latest edition of On Spec Magazine. In this story, I blend folklore with history by tying the origin of the manananggal to a dark event in Philippine history. Speculative fiction is beyond my comfort zone, so I'm pleased that one of my rare attempts… Continue reading My short story in On Spec Magazine