Greetings, friends. I know I haven't been blogging much lately, so I wanted to give you a quick update on what I've been up to in order to reassure you I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... I finished revisions and edits on After the Shot Drops! This took a couple rounds and … Continue reading WHERE’S RANDY?

Why did I like this so much?: MOONLIGHT

This is part of a (planned) new series of posts called Why did I like this so much? in which I try to analyze my enjoyment with an eye toward learning from great artists to inform my own work.  Last night I saw MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins, and it was beautiful in a devastating yet … Continue reading Why did I like this so much?: MOONLIGHT


In case you didn't know, October is officially Filipino American History Month! As a Filipino American, I'm usually like, "Woo!" and that's about it. This year, I decided to  tweet a mini-story a day on topics related to the Fil-Am history. I'm not doing this as an expert, but rather as a way to force … Continue reading FIL-AM HISTORY MONTH


As a debut novelist, I lived with the constant fear that my first book would be so horrible or sell so poorly that I'd never publish anything ever again. Well, in your face, crippling self-doubt! I've sold my next YA novel to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly: And you can add … Continue reading AFTER THE SHOT DROPS


Next weekend is B&N's inaugural national teen book festival. Stores around the country will be hosting events with MG & YA authors throughout the weekend. Here's where you can find me: Sat, June 11, 1-3pm - Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ with Jared Caracciolo and Michael Geisinger Sun, June 12, 1-3pm - Barnes … Continue reading B&N TEEN BOOK FEST