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Why I write...

Well, to be completely honest, I started writing because I thought I could write a better vampire-romance novel than Stephenie Meyer. I walked out of the movie theater the weekend it came out in the Philippines shaking with excitement. Six failed vampire novels later, the reason why I write has obviously changed. While I still think I could write a better story than Stephenie Meyer (sorry Stephenie!), I write because it has become the best way for me to cope with the everyday stress of life. I write because as a Filipina, I want to give a voice to underrepresented Asians (that includes Filipinos, Indonesians, Malaysians, Thai, Sri Lankans, Singaporeans, etc.) who have trouble identifying with what we're told is "Asian" in mainstream media. I write because my family is still waiting on the sidelines with a nursing school degree and Navy boot camp in case I ever stop. So yeah, there aren't that many options left for me.