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Designing the cover of Stella Torres’ Crushingly Close

Let’s interrupt another hiatus! This time, with a book tour 🙂 But this isn’t your ordinary book tour post, mind you. It’s so happened that I don’t just know the author, but I was the one who made the book cover as well! In this post, I’ll tell you as much as I can about my process, and how we eventually got to the cover you’re seeing now.

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Yet another website redesign!

Remember when I said I just cannot blog if my website’s design was a mess? WELL. Apparently, it takes me just a year to get bored with an existing layout. But you know, I think this one’s gonna be it!

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So long, Mister Kapre

I honestly didn’t plan on changing my site’s design so soon. But the old one was just so gloomy, and I wasn’t happy with it. Besides, Mister Kapre is gone. Our neighbor’s mango tree, where the kapre supposedly lived, had been cut down. Got uprooted during a typhoon. Call me superstitious, but I don’t want

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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail, a Filipina author based in the Philippines. I run a design studio with my husband in the outskirts of Manila, but I also do freelance copywriting and editing on the side. I write historical fantasy and contemporary novels with a dash of magic for middle grade readers. My fiction is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.

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Gail on Instagram!

  • I had this today. It's gorgeous, isn't it? 😍😍😍
  • Stuck at home nursing a cold. Saw this in my camera roll, a sunset pic from the car on the way home from Antipolo. 🌴🌞🌴
  • This space on my side of the bed had been empty since the day my dog Kubrick passed away more than a year ago. Somebody thinks he's worth Kubrick's spot now! It wasn't the specie I expected, but he'll do 😄😘💕🐣💩
  • My "lap duck" Sundae! He loves staying on my lap while I work 😘 #duckies #petduck #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram
  • My late lunch smells like pork binagoongan, looks like pork binagoongan, tastes like pork binagoongan, but it's NOT pork binagoongan! Trust me, that makes so much sense when you're using VegPata as "pork." 😀
  • Good bye, beautiful Omelette. We love you. Fly free.
  • Celebrating my dad's 60th with a buffet! 😄
  • End-of-Monday snack: doughnuts and mushroom cracklings! We try to be healthy, but you know... Doughnuts! 😂😂😂
  • Guess the awesome artist with me in this pic, @erinentrada 😄 #phchildrensbooksummit
  • I learned how to properly bind books and periodicals today, thanks to the the kind & patient folks of the National Library of the Philippines 😄 #phchildrensbooksummit
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 9: #writingcompanion Super busy, but can't resist this one! 😂 Sundae is my writing companion. He (little duckling is showing more and more signs that he's a boy!) usually just sleeps beside my hand, but there are times he feels like he can do better and writes for me by pecking or stepping on my keyboard 😂
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 4: 1st line from my MS. Well, this used to be my book's first line. It's now worded differently, but the essence  remains the same. I'm a bit attached to this line so I'm posting it instead. After all, you need to do what you have to do for the betterment of your story, even if it means having to let go of fave first lines 😊

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