Mina: Explains hiring of live actors and shows clips! The audience has learned kilig, so #IASPR18 is prepared!
Mina: Due to insecurity writing in English, hearing it made authors confident in what they were creating. Then it took off! #IASPR18
Mina: We have resisted a "best of" or award. She herself does not post public reviews of any of the books to remain neutral. Other than rules (re consent etc).
Mina: We have not had #romanceclass authors do this yet. Finding the space within a difficult history is a challenge. Have histfic, not histrom in PH.
Kat: Still fighting racist image of "noble savage" imposed by foreigners in PH history.
Mina: Everyone aspires to JK Rowling level success, but most are more realistic. Those in writing-related day-jobs (journalists, etc.) have a harder time finishing works in some cases.
Mina: They agree to be together by the end of the book. Unlike other countries' HEA, in PH b/c no divorce may mean that a proposal does not make sense. A HFN is more appropriate, especially for Mina's books. #IASPR18
Mina: We have been trying to figure out how to talk about sex and romance with Filipino characters to break from assumptions of conservative society. #IASPR18
Mina: Tagalog romance is older & more numerous. Younger people are more open to English-language romance, but there is a resistance to read Filipino authors in English versus foreign authors in English. #IASPR18