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Authors Who Inspire

If you could meet your favorite author, what would you ask her/him?


I’m fortunate to live in a city where I have opportunities to attend book signings and book festivals, so I’ve met several of my favorite authors. I wish I could say I was charming and cool. Nope. I have no chill when I meet authors who inspire me! I’d like to think my awkward exuberance shows how much I both love them and their books, but I think maybe it just comes off as frenzied fangirling. 😅 I’ve met Sabaa Tahir (a few times), Laini Taylor, and Roshani Chokshi. They were all so nice and put up with my fangir flailing. 🙈


Featured below are my inspiration canvases. I take one with me to signings. I like displaying them in my office so when I’m writing, I have a visual reminder of how these authors were successful—if they can do it, so can I!


A few more authors who inspire me that I’d love to meet are Tomi Adeyemi (I plan on going to Y’all West to see her!!), Nnedi Okorafor, and Hafsah Faizal @hafsahfaizal who owns @_iceydesigns and her debut novel We Hunt the Flame comes out in 2019.


Any favorite author signatures you see? Enlarge and let me know!


#marchlitwrit Authors who inspire you


Grateful for diverse books!

We had plans to celebrate the 4th with my mom, but had to cancel because we had to have some electrical issues in our house sorted out. (My landlords spent hours trying to figure it out, but in the end, they’re going to call an electrician who’s supposed to come today.).

Rather than focusing on what I missed out on–seeing my mom and sister, eating my weight in Filipino BBQ, and seeing fireworks–I decided that I was going to focus on what it’s front of me–my family and our home (even though only parts of it are getting electricity). We watched the Macy’s Fireworks show on TV and ate popcorn. It was actually a really fantastic way to end our evening–especially since my kids hate how loud fireworks are.


Which also made me think about how grateful I am that YA books are starting to represent diverse authors. I’m American, but I’m also Filipino/WoC. Two years ago when I started writing my book, I was worried that no one would want to read it, but I kept writing because I wanted my daughter to have this book. Now that I’m almost done with my draft, I’m so grateful to the authors who went before me who shared their story because it gives me hope that others will want to read it too.


Which books/authors inspire you? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think?


I hope you all had a great holiday! I hope you also have a fabulous Wednesday!


Wooden burned bookmark Shh…I’m reading made by the lovely Mary @markedbymary. Please check out her profile on Instagram for her Go Fund Me page that explains her current health situation.


Visit at The Huntington Library and Gardens

I took a much needed outing with a mommy friend over the weekend at The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino California. If you ever get a chance to visit Southern California, I highly recommend putting this on your itinerary!

Since I’ve fully embraced my writerly self, I see inspiration everywhere. Going to a place like the Huntington provided so much inspiration, but it also made me appreciate art in such a new way. It made me think about the artist’s process. How did they get to their final product? How long did it take? I’ve been reflecting on these kinds of questions since I’ve been focused on getting published and even more so now that I’ve started my writing program. 

There was so much inspiration at the Huntington. I wanted to share just a few moments here to help remind me of my personal writerly theme: Inspiration is everywhere!

We didn’t know it at the time, but there was an orchid show last weekend! So many prize winning orchids were on display. Many of them were hybrids. I have such a new appreciation for orchids growers! 

This particular orchid caught my eye not only for its colors, but for its  printed face like pattern. It made me think that the MC of my story would see something like this on her quest. 

After the orchid show, we walked out and encountered a beautiful veranda with a walk way shaded by a pergola with creeping vines. I felt like I was in another world! And I realized this walkway would be perfect to include in a story. I’m not sure if it’ll make it into my current WIP, but it’s just too gorgeous not to end up in a story someday. 

I also visited the Scott Gallery and was in such awe by the paintings, sculptures, and antiques there! Seeing all of it through a writer’s perspective, gave me a new appreciation for an artist’s process. This particular painting Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassat moved me so much because of the subject matter. As a mother, Cassat captures the warmth and private moment between mother and child so well. I also have a new appreciation for Cassat because she was one of the few, if only female Impressionist painters during that period. 

What museum visit wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the gift shop? The Huntington has gone through some major renovations and the gift shop experienced a major facelift. Everything about it from the entrance, the store layout, and products were selected with the artist/art appreciator/reader/writer in mind. It was difficult restraining myself, but in addition to the Mary Cassat print, I also picked up some fantastic notebooks and sticky notes. Here’s my haul:Three gorgeous notebooks with William Morris designs on the covers, peacock inspired sticky notes, and my favorite find, sticky notes inspired by Jane Austen’s characters in Pride & Prejudice.


I plan on going back again. We barely scratched the surface! I’d like to see the other gardens and art pieces too. I also think visiting a place filled with so much beauty and inspiration helps to rejuvenate one’s creative self. We all need that from time to time!