MANILA, Philippines - Filipino mom Samantha Sotto wrote her first book, Before Ever After, to kill time while waiting for her son to come out of school.
After a year, she sent her story to literary agents abroad and eventually got a deal with Random House, one of biggest publishing houses in the world.
Before Ever After was launched in New York last August 2, and is available in North America through Barnes & Noble and across the globe through Amazon and iBooks.
Currently, the book ranks fourth in Amazon's "Hot New Releases in American Literature."
Bestselling authors in the US had nothing but good things to say about Sotto's first book.
"Before Ever After is one of those books that challenges the natural laws of fiction writing, but in a frisky and highly entertaining way," said Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet.
"Exquisitely written and inventively told, Before Ever After is a beautiful, moving -- and quite fun -- exploration of what you think you know about your own life," said Melissa Senate, bestselling author of See Jane Date, The Love Goddess' Cooking School and other novels.
In an interview with The Philippine Star, Sotto said she is already "80% done" with her second novel.
She gave this advice to aspiring writers who dreams of being published by Random House: "Stop dreaming and pursue what you want. The amount of creative talent in this country is huge and there is absolutely nothing that is stopping us from showing the world what the Filipino can do."
Meanwhile, Sotto will be at the Philippine Consulate in New York on August 12 to sign copies of her first book.