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The Fall Like Rain blog tour makes its stop on my humble blog today and Ana Tejano talks about the challenges in writing the book, her inspirations for Mark and Rain’s story (Is Mark based on a real person? Because I’d love to meet him. Hihi.), why she decided to self-publish, and whether we will be expecting another book from her soon. Please read on!
Hi, Ana! Congratulations on your very first published book. How does it feel to finally see your hard work in print?
Thanks! It’s both exciting and terrifying! Exciting because I’ve dreamt of releasing a book into the wild ever since I started writing in elementary school, and now it’s finally here! Terrifying, because the reason why I never finished/submitted anything back in the years of writing so many stories is because I’m scared of being edited/reviewed. Now I realized that it’s not so bad – being edited and reviewed are actually essential in being a good writer. 🙂
I haven’t actually held the print copies as of this writing, though – but I can’t wait to see them. 🙂
Fall Like Rain explores the thin line between friendships and romantic relationships. What inspired you to come up with this particular theme?
To be honest, it just felt like the characters were calling for it. The first ever draft of Fall Like Rain was written in 2006 for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and back then I only had Rain in my head. After writing the first two chapters, Mark introduced himself and he was the best friend who isn’t exactly a best friend either. When #romanceclass came, I had to pitch a story idea and I remembered them. Back then, Ramon Bautista’s Tales From the Friend Zone was the in thing on Youtube (I am a shameless fan, haha), so I thought, “Why not write a friend zone story?” Then it all clicked. 😀
How much of Rain’s character is like/unlike you? Is Mark patterned from someone that you personally know?
Her first version in 2006 was a lot like fresh-grad me in my first job, which is actually where I based her on. She’s evolved a lot now, though, so the similarities are just our college degrees, our older brothers, and our alma mater. Rain turned out to be an introvert as I wrote her, and people who know me in real life know I’m not one (I tried telling them that I’m introverted but they just laughed at me. Sigh). Oh, but the overthinking thing? Yeah, I do that, too. (But don’t we all? :P)
Mark, on the other hand, is actually based on an old college crush. 😛 Of course, his character evolved too as I was writing this, but I could still see that guy whenever I try visualizing Mark. Except that Mark is taller. Heh. 😀
Oh, I liked it that Mark was tall. 😀 Which brings me to my next question. One thing I had observed and actually liked about Fall Like Rain was that it did not dwell too much on the looks or physical attributes of the characters. Was this a conscious choice on your part?
It just happened, really. I didn’t have physical descriptions of the characters even when I was planning them – except maybe a vague idea of the height, body shape, and hair. My editor asked me to put a little bit more descriptions on them, but it was hard to be more specific because, well, everyone around us has black/dark hair, until they don’t, right?
What were the easiest and the hardest parts in writing Fall Like Rain?
The middle part! I knew how it would end, but when I got to the middle, I didn’t know what to do to bridge it. Another thing I had a hard time writing about is proving that Mark and Rain’s friendship was real, and how well they knew each other. I needed to think of shared experiences, things that only the two of them know about each other and build on them so people would believe that they are best friends. I think it worked? (Did it? Haha) But I remember in the process of writing that, I told myself that my next project will be about two people who just met. Haha.
What made you decide to self-publish your book? Did you encounter any challenges in the publication process?
Like I mentioned earlier, I was scared of submitting any of my work in fear of rejection, so that’s one (small) reason. The other bigger reason is that I wanted to try it out, and I knew from the start of the class that I wanted to self-publish. The main challenge in the writing/editing part is having to set personal deadlines, because I keep on pushing my deadline knowing that I’m the only one who’s really waiting to get this done. Now that it’s published, the challenge is marketing and selling it. I need to be more shameless in book promotion, if I want more people to read Fall Like Rain. 😀
Now that you have your first book out, can we expect a second book from you soon?
Yes, although I’m not sure about how soon is “soon.” :)) I am working on Faith’s story and I hope to finish it before this year ends and release it next year. 🙂
Its time to leave the friend zone.
Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing lead for a multinational company by day, manages a book club, and serves in her church community in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).
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