True North and The Korean Drama: Lessons in Romance Writing

Allow me to explain: The plaid-covered hottie featured above is Lee Dong-Wook, best known to K-drama fans as Grim Reaper on Goblin. As you can see, Dong-Wook is a snack-and-a-half, though not nearly as dish-worthy as he is in his black-and-white Reaper wardrobe. (I mentioned on Twitter that I now know how fangirls feel when they see pictures of Tom Hiddleston

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The Road to NaNoWriMo 2016: Building Characters

One of the weaknesses that I’ve noticed in my writing comes from characterization: judging from the reviews that I’ve gotten for my books, it seems as if my characters don’t seem to fall in line with the other beats of the story. I understand where this is coming from–in a way, it’s a leftover from my days as a pantser–but

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Pick and Choose

This post is brought to you by Love Is Not A Triangle, a blog for readers who don’t like love triangles. I had the chance to think closely on what I said about the love triangle trope in last month’s book review round-up, and why I’ve been tolerant about them in the past. Yes, it does seem like the ultimate

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Something Different, For a Change

This post is best enjoyed with a rendition of “Air on a G String” by Bach. Some of the beta readers for Save the Cake have asked me for spin-offs of the more memorable characters. Without discussing the spoilers for the story (which I won’t talk about until the book has been released and read by enough fans, heh) I

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Save the Cake: The Playlist

This video is brought to you by Rebecca Ferguson.      My beta-reader friend Natster once said that sharing one’s musical tastes is comparable to “flashing your knickers at a stranger,” which can be quite humiliating if one were to do so deliberately. The initial playlist I devised for Save the Cake has its own embarrassing moments, which is somewhat

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Twelve Random Facts: Eloisa Reyna Carreon, from Save The Cake

One of the main concerns raised by my beta readers on Save the Cake comes idea that nobody knows what Eloisa is really like as a person, even though the story is told from her first-person narrative. Maybe it’s because I’m more used to writing in the first person when I’m talking about myself (heheh), but it’s beginning to make me wonder

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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