Mum made this cake, including all the edible decorations. Some parts were chocolate, and some parts were mocha chiffon cake.
I had a cotillion and we learned 5 different dances. This guy was my escort. I received 18 roses from 18 men/boys. I received 18 birthday wishes before I blew out the candles on the cake (see if you can spot them). At the bottom of the cake, just above the skirt, are ribbons attached to little fortunes that my gal pals were invited to pull out. I still have this outfit, although it’s been many years since I fit into it. My grandparents were still alive, and this was one of the last times I had with all four of them together. One of my lolos passed away that same year.
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My first mainstream literary panel. Nerve-wracking but super interesting.
Last month, I was invited to be a panelist at the Wheeler Centre for The F Word: Romance. The panel was part of a series of panels and interviews exploring modern feminism. This was a huge deal for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever been to an even that wasn’t targeted at genre readers. I hope I did romance readers and authors justice. You be the judge!
Check out my new gig hosting Destiny Romance’s new podcast.
This is probably my most fun project so far. The lovely folks at Penguin Australia have asked me to host Heart to Heart, a monthly podcast for their romance imprint Destiny Romance. Two episodes have been released so far. Hope you enjoy these!
Episode 1: Interview with Sarah Wendell
Episode 2: Interview with Anne Gracie
Last year, I hosted an ARRA event featuring Julia Quinn. The event was recorded on video.
You can find part 1 here.
You can find part 2 here.
You can find part 3 here.
This interview for The Big Issue was doubly exciting because it was written by one of my favourite authors, Toni Jordan.’Addicted to Love’ was the cover story of the issue, and it include quotes from Anna Cowan, who I think is one of the most exciting new authors in romance. This is what I had to say:
Kat Mayo is not a Fifty Shades fan, but she understands the reasons behind its success. Mayo, who blogs at bookthingo.com.au and also edits Romance Buzz, the romance newsletter for online bookseller Booktopia, believes that classic genre romance is popular for two reasons: the unashamed focus on the concerns of women, like domestic, family and career issues; and the satisfying emotional payoff of a guaranteed happy ending.
For some readers and critics of literary fiction, it’s this ‘guaranteed happy ending’ that’s most problematic about romantic fiction. Mayo argues that literary fiction is not a byword for ‘realism’. “We have a lot of literature that deals with death, suicide, infidelity, paedophilia, depression – literature runs the gamut of emotions,” Mayo says. “The optimistic ending is no more or less realistic than any other kind of ending. They’re all fiction.” She believes this well-defined sense of how the story should end offends certain literary sensibilities. “That’s an ideological standpoint,” Mayo says. Continue reading
I forgot to post this, but last year Sarah Wendell and I had a chat for the DBSA podcast. You can listen to the episode here.
BOOKS+PUBLISHING magazine asked me to write a brief article on upcoming romance fiction titles for their Shelf Talk section.
I talk about upcoming romance titles in the magazine’s first issue for 2013.
If you’re a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Psy-Changeling or True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series, it’s going to be a great year of reading!
My first solo issue as Booktopia’s new romance newsletter editor.
I’m so excited to announce the first edition of the Romance Buzz that I put together all on my own! The Romance Buzz is the romance fiction newsletter put out by Booktopia, Australia’s largest online bookshop. My first featured author is Patricia Briggs–I know! How exciting, right? You can check out the March issue here.
For Valentine’s weekend, I was interviewed, along with Vassiliki Veros, for a radio segment on ‘Love and Passion’. You can download the podcast here.
This one is particularly poignant.
I used to sing Christmas carols with childhood friends around the neighbourhood, so this video made my heart ache a little. If you can’t see it, you can view it on YouTube. (For those who don’t understand Tagalog, the English part of the medley starts at 1:38.)