Thank you for supporting the #romanceclass podcast! My co-producer Tania Arpa and I started this project because it seemed like a fun thing to do, you know, getting actors to read scenes from romance novels by Filipino authors.
If you write romance with Filipino/Asian characters and prefer photo covers for your books, you know what a struggle it is finding the right cover for your book if you only looked at stock photo sites. There just aren’t enough cover-worthy romance stock photos with Filipinos (or Asians even), or at least not enough for all the stories we’ve been writing.
So we’re doing this! The #romanceclass community of readers and authors has done meetups before, and also sold books at fairs, and organized live performances of the books, but now we’re putting it all together and inviting everyone to join. […]
This scene from Finding X by Miles Tan was in the original #romanceclass live reading — and we couldn’t resist doing it again. So at the Filipino Readercon, we had Gio and Rachel perform it, and we recorded it live, and now it’s episode 8 of the podcast.
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The podcast will sound a little different this week, and that’s because this episode was recorded live. Gio and Rachel performed excerpts from romance novels at the Filipino Readercon, and this was one of their scenes. The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza was a hit among us present at the rehearsal, and I knew it would present a fun challenge for the actors. They of course nailed it, in rehearsal, and live.
I know what it sounds like — every update is me saying “I loved this” in different ways. That is true, but also, I should say that I took the raw recording of the Just for the Record episode and listened to it a lot. Usually at night, before going to bed, armed with earplugs and everything.
#HeistClub is the online crime writing class we organized, to give Filipino authors who wanted to write crime fiction a chance to (safely) explore the dark side. We told the authors to write a “Case number 1” — and imagine themselves at the very beginning of what could be a procedural series. The stories are out now on buqo as ebook bundles. If crime is your preferred genre, I hope you read it! And encourage an author or two if you like what they’ve created.