Writing

I’m on Substack

I’m excited to announce a fun project. In my new Substack newsletter I Can Barely Play This Thing I’ll share updates on my novel-in-progress, news about The Quiet is Loud, thoughts on creativity, the odd poem-ish thing, what I’m reading, and not-boring life snippets (fingers crossed). It’ll supplement the sorts of things I write here, …

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Reflections on my first year of being a published author

May 4th was the one-year anniversary of The Quiet is Loud being published. I can’t believe it’s been that long! It feels like three months and three years at the same time. I shared some thoughts about my first year of being a published author over on Invisible Publishing’s blog, including the things that I …

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The Quiet is Loud to be published in German!

🇩🇪 Exciting news: The Quiet is Loud will be published in German with Piper Verlag! I have family in Germany (and support Germany in international football tournaments 😉) so naturally I am over the moon about this. I look forward to reaching new readers in a country that’s very special to me – and anywhere …

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Interview at the Quarantine Review Podcast

I was recently interviewed by my friend Teri Vlassopoulos for the Quarantine Review podcast! Not only was I thrilled to be involved with the Quarantine Review again, but I got to virtually chat with Teri while sitting in my surprisingly soundproof closet, balancing my laptop and my microphone, being so much in awe of Teri’s …

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The Quiet is Loud and unexpected friendships

When writing The Quiet is Loud, it was important to me that Freya develops a close friendship with someone she could theoretically have romantic feelings for, but doesn’t.⁠⁠ I’ve had many friendships like this, where there was never any hint of something romantic developing. We spent lots of time together, we got to know each …

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4 unusual inspirations in The Quiet is Loud

There are many themes and inspirations in The Quiet is Loud that I feel are quite overt – just a few off the top of my head: identity, belonging, self-reflection, mythology, tarot cards, Filipino food, and unexpected friendships. But I thought it might be fun to share four inspirations that are a little more unusual. …

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June 22: Discussion with Bryan Ibeas for Filipino Heritage Month

Filipino Heritage Month – Discussion with Invisible Publishing Fiction Editor Bryan Ibeas Tuesday, June 22 2021, 9 pm Bryan and I will talk about our working relationship as Filipino-Canadians and how it influenced the writing of The Quiet is Loud, and how underrepresented stories can be supported. Presented by Shelf Life Books and Glass Bookshop …

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