While jogging around Bonifacio Global City sometime in October 2011, I asked my friend what book she was reading. My friend loves to read fiction books!
“I’m reading Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto.” she answered.
“The author’s name sounds Filipino. Is she Pinay?” I asked.
“Yes, I think she is. Guess what?! The setting was in Madrid!” She exclaimed.
My friend was excited because we just came from Madrid (and other parts of Europe) when we attended the World Youth Day sometime in Aug 2011.
When I got home, I googled Samantha Sotto right away. I learned that indeed, she’s Pinay; she’s a full time Mom; and her book made it to the world. I also learned that Boracay was mentioned in the book.
I was even more intrigued to buy the book because I had a scheduled trip to Boracay in a few days for a Toastmasters conference.
“It would be perfect to read the book while enjoying the beautiful white sands of Boracay,” I told myself.
I was not yet into reading fiction books but I wanted to read Before Ever After just because the author is Pinay. I’m proud of her even if I haven’t met her yet that time. The next day, I visited several major bookstores to grab my own copy of Samantha Sotto’s Before Ever After. But the books were always out-of-stock for three days in a row! Whoa!
And then I received an invite from http://writersblockphilippines.com/ regarding the talk and book signing of Samantha Sotto. I didn’t let the opportunity to meet the author pass me by.
I freed up my schedule on December 10, 2011 so I could attend the event organized by Writers Block Philippines for Pinay author Samantha Sotto.
She gave a talk on how she wrote and published the book. She was with her husband Tembong Yambao (Samantha is using her maiden name) who was busy taking Samantha’s photos, making her laugh, and helping her with the powerpoint. They looked so sweet and happy together. I beamed from ear to ear. Hey! That’s exactly the scene I visualized when it’s my turn to give talks or when my future husband would give talks. But that’s another story. 🙂
Fast forward to the 3rd quarter of 2012. I thought about the people who have inspired me and who, I think, would also inspire you. I thought of interviewing them and have them share their stories through Seminar Philippines. I talked to Samantha Sotto, and YES! She agreed to share her story. 🙂
SHA: Hi Sam! Wow! I can’t believe I’m actually talking to the author of the best-selling book Before Ever After. I learned a lot about you from Google! Hehe! We would like to get to know you more. Kindly introduce yourself to us.
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