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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book News | 2017 Publishing Schedule

This is a little late, but I still want to announce my grand plans for 2017.

Keeping the Distance will be released on February 6, 2017. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’re probably sick of hearing me scream about it.

However, I failed to tell you that Keeping the Distance is the first book in my first-ever series. The series is called I Heart Iloilo, and it’s going to be a bunch of YA/NA novels set in—you guessed it—Iloilo, my hometown.

I’m proud of my first book, Prom Queen Perfect, even if it’s far from, well, perfect, but every time I reread it, I regret that I didn’t give it a stronger sense of place. There were no specifics about what it’s like to grow up in Iloilo, to eat oysters in Annie’s Talabahan, or to attend school here and end up seeing the same faces from elementary school until college.

True Story: About 20% of my high school classmates and I graduated from the same university.

Basically, Iloilo is a place that’s wonderful and suffocating all at once. I want to capture that feeling in a book. Whether I succeed or not is, of course, up to you, dear readers.

Keeping the Distance is obviously going to come out in a few weeks, and I hope you guys like it. I’ve finished the rough draft of the second book, and I’ve already begun editing it. The third book is currently in the outlining stage. It’s a wonderful time where I get to toss around ideas and the excitement to start writing builds.

I intend to release all three books this year. The first one in February, the second one in June, and the third one in October. Please don’t consider the June and October release dates set in stone, though, because life might get crazy.

Anyway, I’m very excited about the I Heart Iloilo series. It feels like I’m writing the stories I always wanted to read when I was a teenager and telling the stories I was always meant to tell. Let’s go on a wild ride together this 2017, okay?

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