Monday, September 22, 2014

An Interview with Agay Llanera, author of ONCE UPON A PLAYER + GIVEAWAY

Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She's the star spiker of her university's volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target--the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she'll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.

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 Hi darlings! So, here's an interview with AGAY LLANERA, author of ONCE UPON A PLAYER.

1. What inspired you to create the character of Val? Were you ever a
sporty girl yourself or were you as strong and assertive as her?

Being a UAAP volleyball fan inspired me to create Val's character.
Watching the young women battle it out on court was such a treat; they
were athletic, driven and graceful, making me wish I was the same way.
I never had a sporty bone in my body, so I lived my athletic fantasies
through these girls.

2. Jake is a darling. What do you think is his biggest impact on Val?

Yes, Jake is a darling, isn't he? I think he made Val feel vulnerable,
reminding her that she can't always call the shots in matters of the
heart. He's her reality check, also a link to her rosy past when her
family and financial situations were ideal.

3. What lessons would you like readers to learn from this story?

Whatever lesson they can glean from it, I guess. :-) I just wanted to
paint Val as this strong female character, but knew when to concede
and to go for the things/person she wanted most.

4. If you could liken this story to a cake, or a pastry, what would it
be and why?

Hmmm... because Val dreams of going to Paris, I think I'll liken her
to a macaron. On the outside, she looks flawless and maybe a bit (a
lot) intimidating. But when you get to know her, sink your teeth into
the real her, you'll find that inside, she's quite soft and crumbly.
But you would have to first take the risk to find that out. :-)

Agay Llanera is a freelance writer for television and a published writer of children’s books. She is a member of KUTING, a private, non-stock, non-profit organization, which aims to be the Philippines’ foremost writers’ organization for children.

Her first romance novella, Vintage Love is available on e-bookstores (Amazon, Kobo, Buqo, Smashwords).


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