Interview with #LunaEast author Chris Mariano

1. Describe your Luna East story in a few short sentences.
In “The Day of the Fish,” shy and insecure Gela Basco wants to join the Arts & Crafts Fair to prove her place in her family of artists. When things don’t go exactly as planned, she’s surprised to find that her new nosy and stubborn classmate Sophie ‘Mac’ Macalintal is ready to help.

2. Did a real event from high school inspire your story?
Yes and no. The inspiration came from Japanese high school-themed movies like Swing Girls, Linda Linda Linda, and Fure Fure Girl, which revolve around friendship and defying the odds. But the AC Fest is based on my high school experience of securing and manning a booth for our school fair/Foundation Week.

3. What did you like to read when you were in high school?
A lot of Sweet Dreams! High school was also when I devoured fantasy series written by David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, and Robert Jordan, among others.

4. Who do you think should be reading Luna East, and how do we get the books to them?
High school and college kids, primarily, but I think the stories are accessible enough for an older audience. I think high school libraries wouldn’t mind getting a copy or two for their shelves this June!

5. What other stories are you planning for Luna East?

I want to write about students defying a school regulation that they find unreasonable. We had a number of incidents like this back when we were in high school and I’d like to revisit some. I am also thinking of writing more about artists Mac Macalintal, Aaron Basco, and Hiraya Chan-Cruz, who all have different styles and aim for very different kinds of success. It’s nice to not be defined by just one thing and it’s something I wish I had known when I was in high school. But these are vague plans at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris scribbled romance stories during high school but has never published a single romance until her novella Cover (Story) Girl. Her other works have appeared in Philippines Free Press, Fully Booked’s Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Prose Anthology, and Ideomancer, among others. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.

Write your #LunaEast story! Read the rules. Post your story on your blog, Wattpad, Figment, or And then answer these interview questions and send to ๐Ÿ™‚ Order the Volume 1 paperbackor get the ebook on Amazon.

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