This is the second author interview I conducted while I was in Cebu City a few weeks ago. This time, I chatted with Liana Smith-Bautista, an editor and romance author (she writes under the pen name Kate Sebastian). I spoke with Liana over coffee, pasta and cookies at the Books & Brews Cafe, and she shared her productivity tips, including scary apps and what music is great to write to.
- Write or Die
- Bullet Journal
- Logitech K480 Keyboard
- Google Docs
- Word Keeper
- Floppy disks
- Rocketbook Everlast
- Why English Author Neil Gaiman Writes with a Fountain Pen
About Liana Smith-Bautista / Kate Sebastian
Kate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house.
She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it.
Her first published work of fiction was Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, after which she had a genre crisis. She eased herself back into writing with a short story, “On the Calendar,” which was accepted into the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology, published in December 2016; then published a short story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel,” in Make Your Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology, which had a limited release also in December 2016. She tried her hand at compiling and editing an anthology just a few months later with Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, which launches April 30, 2017, and which features her short story “An Overdue Adventure.”