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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. I'm a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. I'm also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. I love pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). My husband and I live in the outskirts of Manila with our dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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  • I had a hair cut, and my highlights are purple again! 😊 this me with my younger sis 💖💕
  • This doesn't happen very often 😂
  • Added a bit of color to my perpetually black hair! 😊
  • One of the best days ever is meeting your Writer Ate (Big Sister) in person for the first time 😘💖💕 And yes, that is a kwek-kwek plushie @erinentrada is holding 😂
  • Now that I've resurfaced from dinner buffet coma, here's us celebrating Dad's birthday! 😊
  • Been a while since my last food post, so here you go! 😊 mais con hielo, crispy crablets, crispy tripe kare-kare, and sarsiadong mahi-mahi 💖 #pinoyfood
  • #PWPoePrompts Day 12 & #ThursdayAesthetic 
Meet Sab, the main character of my middle grade debut novel, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY (coming in 2019 from Scholastic). Oil pastels are her fave art medium. Sab is asthmatic. She has a pet duck, a white best friend, & a much-older sister. The smell of ylang-ylang reminds Sab of her late grandmother ❤️😊
  • Hello! I'm Gail, your friendly neighborhood #pitchwars technology director. 😊 My mg debut, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, is coming from Scholastic in 2019. I won't be mentoring this year to focus on pw tech stuff, but I'm so excited to meet you all! 😊 #PWPoePrompts
  • Happy Independence Day! 🇵🇭 Let's remember all the heroes who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today, & take this moment to examine the effects of colorism & colonial mentality on our people & country.

To celebrate, I'm posting this excerpt from my upcoming book 😊❤️ #novel19s @novel19s
  • Feast All You Can with friends! I'm soooooo full 😊
  • Leche flan with friends 😊
  • Better late than never! After-Mother's Day seafood dinner with my mom 💕😊

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