Name: Therese Anne Marcaida
Country/Place of Birth: Philippines
Profession: Registered Nurse, HIM analyst
About Me: I love books. When I was small, my brothers read for leisure and this influenced me. The first book I ever read from cover to cover was The Holy Bible. It still influences how I talk and write to this day. When I started school, I read my schoolbooks for leisure, and when I finish them, I read my brothers'. This was because we were poor and had nothing to eat. We often attended school on an empty stomach. Reading books made me forget my hunger. I read all sorts of books - romance, religious, philosophical, poetry, erotic, historical, encyclopedias, Japanese manga, Korean manhwa and more.
When I was 9, I wrote my first poem entitled, "Ang Pagbabasa at Ako" or "Reading and Me". It got published in the school paper. At age 10, my training for writing started. I wrote for the school paper as well as joined inter-school events and competitions in fields of - feature writing, news writing, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, literary writing, and sports writing. But when I got to high school and college, I stopped writing, except for a few poems. I resumed this craft only just recently and have never been happier.
Hobbies and interests include reading, writing, drawing, strategy games, Scrabble, knitting, crochet, dressmaking, fashion design, languages, philosophy, theology. I am also a workaholic and shopaholic.
Writing influences: The Holy Bible, Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, John Grisham, Pablo Neruda, Louisa May Alcott, and Taylor Swift to some extent
Likes and dislikes: I love anything authentic and purposeful. I love anything that gives a sense of fulfilment. I also love travelling and food trips.
I hate frauds and dishonesty. I detest mediocrity. I cannot tolerate liars and judgmental people.