1. Can you tell our readers a bit about you and your work?
Hi! My author’s name is Lucy Lombos. I was born and raised in Manila, but I’m now a Canadian citizen, living together with my sweetheart and three sweethopes here in the beautiful British Columbia. By profession, I’m a teacher. I became a Children’s Book Author way back when I was still in my home country, the paradise-like Philippines. My first published book was “The Peso Coin I Kept”. I also wrote a biographical book entitled, “Happiness 365 and ¼ Days”. It’s the life story of the Philippine’s Happiness Guru, Mr. Jimmy Belleza. In addition to that, I wrote another bio book entitled, “The Seed”. It’s the biography of my sweetheart, Mr. Umberto Lombos but not published yet. Lately, I self-published my novel, “Rose of Calapan” (And Her Pearls in the Box) last April 26 at Kindle Store. The latter is my 6th book. My upcoming children’s books are: Swanie’s Bag, Pinky Oinky, The Joys of Junior, and Noshi, the House Fly.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I have the gift in writing… that’s heavenly! I’d like to use it for my literacy advocacy. Also, I was surprised that the kids in the Philippines, particularly in the city where I still belong and is connected, read and love my books. They even asked me in my recent visit, that was last March 26, 2019, about my next storybook. I promised them that I would write more stories for them.
3. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
By nature, I am a storyteller. I used to buy kiddie books. Then, I thought of writing my own stories, all original, and published them all. I was passionate to share with the children about my creations. My originality is much valued. I always think of children every time I write.
4. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I want each of my books to stand on its own, but I find it a real bonus, somehow fascinating if I could build a connection between each book.
5. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Language is really a powerful communication tool especially in my case, coming from the Philippines. Our country is bilingual. Filipino is my mother tongue but I can speak and write in English well. Moreover, I can comprehend a bit of Spanish; as based in history, Spain colonized our country for 300 years.
Language is powerful especially when you are in a foreign land. As we all know, English is one of the official languages in Canada. It would be difficult for me to survive and thrive in my second home if I couldn’t speak English well.
Knowing a language makes one's life easier, safer, more confident and happier. It is a sure way to earn money or have business as well. Communicating in English is educational.
6. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
As mentioned, “The Seed” is unpublished yet, and some of my upcoming books are now being illustrated.
7. What’s the best way to market your books?
As of the moment, I self-publish my books through the help of my husband and market them all by myself via social media.
8. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I seldom do research yet, it really helps. All my books were written based on my little or humble knowledge, experiences, and creative imaginations. By the way, I studied Writing Courses here in Canada, also in the USA.
9. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Well, a lot of books… I like those of Dr. Seuss's and Eric Carl's books and other famous Canadian authors. I also love Early Chapter Books.
10. Where can our reader find out more about you and your books?
The readers can purchase my books at Amazon.com/Kindle store and at the school in the Philippines where I manage remotely every day.
My website is- www.lucylombos.com.
My FB account is – Jun N Lucy.
My IG account is- Lucy Lombos
My Two Cents:
The early experience that proves that language is really powerful.
That was when I began to go to preschool and grade school. I was word smart and I could express myself confidently. Hence, I became the batch Valedictorian.
If children could speak, read, recite and write excellently and if they could express themselves well, then that would be a strong evidence that through the incredible use, proper channeling and sensible maximization of language they also become powerful and great.