1. Describe your Luna East story in a few short sentences.
In "The Day of the Fish," shy and insecure Gela Basco wants to join
the Arts & Crafts Fair to prove her place in her family of artists.
When things don't go exactly as planned, she's surprised to find that
her new nosy and stubborn classmate Sophie 'Mac' Macalintal is ready to
2. Did a real event from high school inspire your story?
Yes and no. The inspiration came from Japanese high school-themed
movies like Swing Girls, Linda Linda Linda, and Fure Fure Girl, which
revolve around friendship and defying the odds. But the AC Fest is based
on my high school experience of securing and manning a booth for our
school fair/Foundation Week.
3. What did you like to read when you were in high school?
A lot of Sweet Dreams! High school was also when I devoured fantasy
series written by David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, and Robert Jordan,
4. Who do you think should be reading Luna East, and how do we get the books to them?
High school and college kids, primarily, but I think the stories are
accessible enough for an older audience. I think high school libraries
wouldn't mind getting a copy or two for their shelves this June!
want to write about students defying a school regulation that they find
unreasonable. We had a number of incidents like this back when we were
in high school and I'd like to revisit some. I am also thinking of
writing more about artists Mac Macalintal, Aaron Basco, and Hiraya
Chan-Cruz, who all have different styles and aim for very different
kinds of success. It's nice to not be defined by just one thing and it's
something I wish I had known when I was in high school. But these are
vague plans at the moment :)
Chris scribbled romance stories during high school but has never published a single romance until her novella Cover (Story) Girl. Her other works have appeared in Philippines Free Press, Fully Booked's Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Prose Anthology, and Ideomancer, among others. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.
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