When Inspiration Happens

Don’t take this the wrong wayYou knew who I was with every step that I ran to you– Hozier, “Someone New” It all started at a hotel lobby in Seoul, where I found myself being overcome with a profound sadness that I couldn’t figure out the origins. All I know was that I turned to my mom that evening and

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Sweet and Sticky

Like many writers, I can’t look at my early writing without feeling a little bit of discomfort. When I started writing romance, I was still in the English-major mindset where I was trying to Transcend The Genre, which meant (at that time) avoiding cliches and treacly language. I approached my novels with an air of seriousness, because let’s face it,

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The Road to NaNoWriMo 2018: A Prep Overview

One of the reasons why I disappeared from this blog had to do with the fact that I had spent most of my writing life in September and October working on the storyboard for the next Hideaway Trilogy book, Ten Weeks and Counting (title may change upon notice). While I might not be able to blog every day like I did when

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My Teaser Thursday Experience

Last week, I took part in the first-ever Teaser Thursday for #romanceclass. Teaser Thursdays are for writers who want passages from their works-in-progress performed by live readers to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in their writing. For this session, five writers submitted excerpts to be read by theater actors Fred Lo and Gab Pangilinan before a live audience at Cafe Publico

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Rebuilding The Story, or My Book 6 Update

They say that the best ideas happen when you’re in the shower, and for a long time I thought that it wasn’t going to happen to me. Well, it did, and it practically changed an entire book for me. It all happened after I turned in the edits to #romanceclass2017. I wanted to take a break from writing books, but

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Working Hours

By the time this post goes live, I would’ve finished the revisions for my latest manuscript, which means that it would be (God willing) one step closer to publication. This also means that I had spent more than a month revising a manuscript that, frankly, needed all the work. But that’s not the reason why it took too long.  A

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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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