Today is the day when another book giveaway will commence. This time around, it is Ms. Katrina Ramos Atienza‘s Well Played that will take center stage. Other than the giveaways, Ms. Katrina is guest posting as well! Yay!
WELL PLAYED… What is it all about?
Patrice Reyes is starting her junior year at the University and she’s convinced it’s going to be the best semester ever. For starters, it looks like this is the year her team will win the regional football (soccer, for you Yanks) championships. Her subjects are looking good, and there’s even a chance she might finally get somewhere with her rock star crush. But a new classmate—arrogant, cold Math nerd ( ’nuff said)—is seriously throwing off her groove. Will she ever get rid of him and have the awesome semester she deserves? Or is there truth to never judging (Math) books by their cover?
Get to know more about the author of Well Played with this guest post that she kindly contributed:
Fun experiences writing the book Well Played
The most fun I had writing Well Played was the process of being inspired — that lightning “aha!” moment. I’d been mad about Pride & Prejudice for the longest time and sat down to do a retelling in 2010. I very vividly saw the characters and the settings; I could clearly imagine how I would do, say, the Netherfield Ball, in modern-day UPLB. Sometimes when I write I get this feeling that I have to write as fast as I can to capture what’s in my head before it slipped away. So I did eight chapters in an easy, zippy pace…and then got completely blocked.
I did everything to spark my muse: rewatch P&P (2007 Kiera Knightley AND the 1995 Colin Firth miniseries), read the book again and again, heck, even re-read and re-watch Bridget Jones’ Diary. No dice. Completely blocked!
Then I got pregnant, gave birth, took on lots of freelance raket to build up my savings, forced myself to write chapter nine about a year later, then left it alone for another six months. Ultimately it was another old-school British adaptation that saved me. Last summer I watched the Return to Cranford series on YouTube. The next day, I wrote chapter 10, then 11, then 12! The book was done!
What was it about Return to Cranford that made me write again? I think it’s the simplicity of it (the biggest conflict in the series was the entry of a railroad into the town) that made me recall what drew me into Pride & Prejudice in the first place. It’s this wistful, sweet, romantic, sort of idealistic feeling; the knowledge that a story doesn’t have to be dark and morose to be good. Trying to capture that feeling on paper — even feeling it in the first place — was wonderful, and yes, a lot of fun.
Who is Katrina Ramos Atienza?
Katrina Ramos Atienza, born and bred in Manila, Philippines, has been writing all her life. She’s worked in the fields of PR and corporate communications while blogging, freelancing and writing fiction. Four chick lit novels (Pink Shoes, 2006; The Hagette, 2006; If the Shoe Fits, 2008 and Shoes Off, 2010) are available in paperback in the Philippines, while her earlier short fiction works have been published in Philippine publications and collected in the Growing Up Filipino II anthology. Well Played (2013) is her first independently published novel. She graduated from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños and is married with two kids.
Be one of the 3 lucky winners of swag bags which contain:
* 1 medium, gray Well Played shirt
* 2 Pride & Prejudice Bookmarks
* Think Free Bag Tag
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La vie est tres belle,