Welcome to #JustWritePH’s FOR LOVE stop on my blog! Today, I have for you an interview with Amae Dechavez, author of ONE SWEET NOVEMBER DAY, one of the stories you can read if you choose to buy the FOR LOVE bundle!
Authors: Beth G., Carla de Guzman, Giselle Bacalla, and AmaeDechavez
Love is never easy, but the journey to that happily ever after is what makes it worth it. Witness the struggles of these characters as they work their way through both new romances and second chances at love in this four-story bundle. Features “I Still…” by Beth G., “Sigh No More” by Carla de Guzman, “Velvet Valentine” by Giselle Bacalla, and “One Sweet November Day” by AmaeDechavez.
This bundle is available at 75% off for this week only (September 21 to 27). Regular price is at $3.99/P180. Sale price is $0.99/P45. Once this leg of the tour ends, so does the sale, and the bundle featured in the next leg will then go on sale!
ONE SWEET NOVEMBER DAY
Nagtagpong muli si Ethan at Maylie. Sinongmagaakalanapagkataposnilangmagkakilala at maging mataliknamagkaibigan noongbakasyon sa Pila, Laguna ay magkikitasilangmuli? Sa saglit napag kakalayo nilang dalawa ay lalong nilang napagtanto namahal na nganilaang isa’t-isa. Kaya sa muli nilang pagkikita sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Los Baños ay hindi na pinalagpas pa ni Ethan ang pagkakataon niya. Sinabiniya kay Maylie ang mga katagang “Mahal kita.” “Mahal din kita” angnagingtugon ng dalaga. Girlfriend na Ethan si Maylie—first girlfriend. Ngunit magtatagal ba ang pag-iibigan nila?
Hindi mapakali si Ethan sa klase niya. Sino ba naman ang hindi mapapa-sabi ng ‘mahal kita’ sa taong gustong-gusto mo na uling makita? Dapat nga noon ko pa nasabi ‘yon sa kaniya no’ng bakasyon sa Pila.
Pinanood niya saglit ang kanilang propesor na tutok sa pagsusulat sa pisara ng course syllabus nila.
‘So, ang ibig sabihin nito, may girlfriend na ‘ko…’ muni-muni ni Ethan. “YES!” Napalakas ang sabi niya ng ‘yes’ at nagtinginan ang lahat sa kaniya sa klase.
Tinignan siya ng masama ng propesyor at buti na lang at unang araw pa lamang ng klase kaya’t ini-dismiss pa rin sila, pati siya—nang maaga.
“Warning ha, Mr. Crisologo,” sita ng propesor niya.
Habang nasa koridor papunta sa kasunod niyang klase ay ini-text ni Ethan si Maylie, tinatanong kung anong oras ang bakante nito.
“Lunch break ko ng 11 am. Pero 30 minutes lang ang break ko,” text back sa kaniya ni Maylie.
“Eh hanggang anong oras ang trabaho mo sa library?” text muli ni Ethan.
“11.30 pa ang vacant ko pero wala na rin akong klase ng 2.30 pm to 4. Susunduin kita mamaya d’yan sa library. :-D” text ni Ethan.
Excited na lumakad si Ethan patungo sa silid ng susunod niyang klase.
Hindi nagkakalayo ang gusali ng Humanities College of Arts and Sciences at ang Main Library kaya nang i-dismiss nang maaga ang klase ni Ethan sa Hum. ay agad siyang tumungo sa library.
Gaya ng inaasahan ay halos wala pang mga estudyante sa library sa unang araw ng school year. Ngunit gatambak at gabundok ang mga libro at babasahing kailangan isaayos ng mga empleyada at student assistants sa library.
Napatingin si Maylie sa may pasukan ng library dahil napansin niyang may isang lalaking huminto nang nakatayo roon, pinagmamasdan siya nang maigi.
“Shhh…” puna kay Maylie ng kasamahang estudyanteng empleyada.
Tumayo si Maylie sa kinauupuan at iniwan muna saglit ang pagsasaayos ng mga aklat base sa laki at paksa. Bago pa sila makita ng assistant head librarian ay hinila na niya si Ethan sa pagitan ng mga istante sa likuran ng silid-aklatan.
“Anong ginagawa mo dito?”
“Maaga kaming dinismis.”
“Eh bakit ka pumunta dito?”
“Eh namimiss na kita eh,” ngiti ni Ethan.
Pinigil ni Maylie ang puso niya. ‘Sana hindi ako namumula…’
“Ethan, may trabaho pa ‘ko. 11 pa ang break time ko.”
“Hindi naman ako magtatagal, gusto lang kitang makita.”
Habang patagal nang patagal, pahirap nang pahirap ata ang pagpipigil ni Maylie ng kilig at ngiti niya sa kakaibang epekto ni Ethan sa kaniya. “Mamaya na tayo magkita. 2.30, di ba?”
“O sige, susunduin kita.” Umakmang hahalik sa pisngi si Ethan ngunit pinigil siya ng hintuturo ni Maylie. Nginisian ito ng pilyong si Ethan at saka na umalis ang binata.
(One Sweet November Day is the sequel to Amae’s One Lovely Summer Day, available on Buqo! Check out my interview with Amae below)
She Flies with Faeries (SFWF): Hi, Amae! So, I really enjoyed “One Lovely Summer Day”. Since “One Sweet November Day” is the sequel to that story, what makes it different even if we still have Maylie and Ethan in there? How much have they changed, in your opinion?
Amae Dechavez (A): Hi, Cass! Thanks for hosting this interview, and thanks for reading “One Lovely Summer Day.” First of all, a lot of things have changed in the second book or sequel because the setting mainly takes place in a situation entirely new to them—college life! Aside from that, in “One Sweet November Day”, Maylie and Ethan become more aware of how relationships really work, what its many implications are, and what it usually takes to make it last—they realize it isn’t just chemistry or high-school child’s play!
The good thing though is that not everything has changed with Maylie and Ethan in “One Sweet November Day”. They’re still that same sweet-kulit couple. :) At mahilig pa rin silang kumain at mag-tour dates!
SFWF: Name a song that always reminds you of Maylie and Ethan’s story, and why?
A: I actually have a theme song for Maylie and Ethan which I used in “One Sweet November Day”—Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer. This song has been my ultimate favorite since its year of release (‘wag na natin banggitin kung kailan year ‘yon specifically, baka may mag-compute ng age ko, lol) ‘cause it’s such a sweet song with an old-school vibe to it, and that’s how Maylie and Ethan are—“old-school sweet”.
SFWF: It’s easy for you to make your readers kilig. What inspires you to write?
A: I’m kind of aware that some readers don’t find my stories especially kilig (perhaps my characters are too “young” for them?) but what I do know is that I always try my best to immerse myself in kilig before and while writing my stories, lol. What I mean is, I watch a lot of sappy old romantic movies, play match-making pics with very “bagay” celebrity pegs, and eat a lot of cake or ice cream or chocolate or anything strawberry.
SFWF: Can you share one of the sweetest and loveliest days of your life?
A: Personal na tanong ba ito? Haha, it’s okay. I think it really helps to make a story more realistic, authentic, and relatable if you, yourself, has had some first-hand experience with LOVE or some special moments you consider to be the sweetest and/or the loveliest days you’ve had your entire life. I consider myself a “nostalgic writer” wherein I get most of my hugot from my own life experiences.
One of the loveliest days of my life happened when my (late) dad commented to me “Para kang comics!” (You seem like a [funny] comics)—sabay bungisngis. I like to joke around even when I was still a kid (well, I’m still a kid—at heart!) and I think it reflects in my writing. (It also reflects how corny I am, haha.)
As for the sweetest day of my life, it has to be when I finally agreed to go out with someone that my guy friend had been urging me to date. Parang “hate-you-love-you” ang peg because at first I thought hindi ko siya type, parang ang lakas ng dating n’ya, etc. etc. (ang dami kong palusot, haha). It just so happens that sometimes, even in real life, you don’t expect LOVE at all to happen (naks.) There are rare instances in real life that are just like the books and/or the movies, and we’re lucky enough if we catch them—and maybe even write about them ;
A message to your fans.
Thank you for bearing with my ka-cheesyhan! Haha. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing more Filipino kulit-kilig stories. :) Also, please check out my upcoming English stories as well (Young Adult and Chick-Lit/New Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy). I promise ALL stories I will write will have a Romance sub-genre in them. (Well, except for my children’s books, lol.) Thank you!
Thanks, Author Cassandra Javier for having me. :*
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The #JustWritePH workshop, which ran from July 1 to August 8, 2015, challenged participants to write a story and prepare it for publication in a little under 6 weeks. Tips and lessons were delivered online & in person. The reward? Guaranteed distribution on Buqo, plus marketing opportunities like a bundle launch (held at Bo’s Coffee Megamall on August 22), a Facebook party, and a blog tour.