You don’t have to look far to be troubled. Turn on the television. Scroll through your social media feed. People are angry and frustrated. People are so angry and frustrated that they can’t sympathize with the angry and frustrated people on the opposite side of … Continue readingBooks Take Us Somewhere When We Have Nowhere to Go
Normally I wouldn’t write a blog post listing three interesting facts about myself. But I have a reason. I recently had two school visits where the students asked: What are your three IFs? In BLACKBIRD FLY, my main character Apple Yengko believes that every person on … Continue readingThree Interesting Facts (IFs): C’est Moi
Because we’re all 12. Were you bullied at 12? I bet you remember that bully’s name. I bet you could tell me what his face looked like, or the color of her hair. Did you ever feel awkward? I bet you remember where you were and … Continue readingWhy Do I Write Middle-Grade?
I was born and raised in America. (Born in Kansas and raised in Louisiana, to be exact.) There weren’t many Filipinos in my school. I’ve never shared a classroom with one in my life, except maybe in college, where classes were too big to notice. … Continue readingMoon-Eating Dragons, Pineapple Girls, and Other Filipino Tales I Don’t Know
For some reason Teen Wolf has popped into my life a few times over the past several weeks. (And I’m talking about the super-awesome 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, not the whatever TV series, which I have never seen). It all started when the … Continue reading1985’s Teen Wolf, Stupid? Uh, I think not.
When I was in college, one of my professors gave the class a timed assignment: List at least fifty things you can do with a brick. Everyone started scribbling, including me. But my scribbling didn’t last long. I can’t remember how many ideas occurred to … Continue readingWe’re All “Creatives”