I was happy to hear from two PhD candidates. The first interviewed me about my novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept. He wrote:
“My name is ________ and I’m a PhD candidate in English at the University of ______. I’m from Japan and working on my dissertation that discusses ethnic American writers’ literary writings on the Second World War in the Pacific. I read your novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, and was impressed with your portrait of the war and the history of the Philippines in the novel. …
I would be tremendously grateful if you could elaborate on your remark in the above interview. Again, thank you for writing the great WWII novel.”
I also heard recently from another PhD candidate, Cheryl Grace Lauron Ongchua. She had done her MA dissertation on my second novel, Magdalena.
It is gratifying to realize that academics study my work. Thanks to them.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept is published by the University of Michigan Press and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in the Philippines.
Magdalena is published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in the Philippines and also Plain View Press in the US>
Tags: World War II novels, WWII, fiction, Philippines, Pacific War, historical fiction