Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Luna East Arts Academy: Interview with Addie Lynn Co

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Welcome to Luna East Arts Academy, a place where your teenage fantasies are released, and where you can find yourself—or find people who can help you get to know yourself even more.

Luna East is a collection of short stories from today’s talented bunch of Filipino Authors. It’s a sneak peek about the lives of the students of Luna East Arts Academy, a fictional school where a lot of magic happens.

From childhood sweethearts, to love at first sight; to Cadet Training memories; teenagers trying to go against the Status Quo; to not being sure if the person you like likes you back; to picturing someone naked; getting rid of rumors and being true to yourself; Anime Conventions; Coffee shop talks; and learning to stand for yourself and for the people in your life, this book has it all.

Addie Lynn Co's "The Apple of My Eye" is one of the stories that you'll get to read once you buy Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Arts Academy Volume 1.

I got the chance to interview her and this was how it went:

1. "You are the Apple of my eye" is the title of your Luna East story.
Did you have your own "apple of your eye" back in school?

Yes, I did have the 'apple of my eye' back in high school, but it was a different kind from my story. I never had the courage to say something about how I felt so I never got to know how he felt and I never got rejected.

2. What were you like back in school?
I was more like a combination of Navi and Fefe but I was never an Anja. I'd like to think of myself as the quiet but honest leader of the group. I try to keep my feelings to myself but when I burst, I say things with all honesty. I had different circle of friends so I don't really belong in just one kind of 'stereotyped' high school clique (i.e. The Popular Kids, The Loser, The Wallflower, etc.) I guess I was an all-around girl. :)

3. You're also releasing your 2nd novel "Forget Me Not" soon (w/c I've
seen previews of in Wattpad, and w/c I loved!). What is your
inspiration for this?
Glad you liked the preview! Am still gathering my courage to release it because I fear that it would not be as good as the other releases from my #romanceclass 'classmates'. But the idea came to me around three years ago when I was walking home back from the post office because I had to send someone a snail mail. And as I was walking home, I thought not everyone sends snail mail anymore. Text message or email would be much faster and you know that you are sending directly to the person. Snail mail has the higher possibility of getting lost or being undelivered. And questions like what if the receiver never gets to read the sender's message? What if it was something important? Maybe an explanation for an offense the person committed and he/she was asking for forgiveness? And so on.

Then, sometimes when life gets tough for me, I have these thoughts of 'what if I can just forget everything and get away from my life' kind of thoughts. I always thought it would be so cool to get away from all my problems and start over again and be a different person than I was.

So I romanticized things and put the two together and out came Forget Me Not.

4. Any message for your fans?

It's okay to be afraid but never let that fear stop you from doing anything. Instead let it be your driving factor to want to know how things will end up. So that one day when you're older, you won't look back in your life and you'd be filled with a lot of 'what if's'. There may be haters but there definitely will be fans who would appreciate your hard work. Just try to pursue your passion and don't let the fear of failure get to you.


Addie grew up reading Sweet Valley University and Nancy Drew mysteries. She finished a degree in Communication Arts and really wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking, but due to high production costs, she opted to tell her stories through her novels. Being the hopeless romantic that she is, she will stop at nothing to share her passion with everyone and hopes that she could infect others with it. She’s a daydreamer by day and an author by night. She has released her first book Hello: A Trilogy.

Got nothing to do on the 8th of February? Then head on over to Ayala Museum and come to the launch of #LunaEast Volume 1! It'll be fun :)

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