• Maricar Banguis

Q&A with the author of Otuna's Flute

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

1. What inspired you to write Otuna’s Flute?

I had a movie-like dream in 2007 that made me want to write a book. For years, it would cross my mind and I had thoughts like “What if I write a story about that dream?” or “It’s nice to write a story about that dream." But only in 2017 that I took it seriously. One day, I woke up feeling optimistic and wanted to challenge myself. I said, “Okay, I’ll do it. I’ll write a book.”

2. How did you come up with the names of your characters and places?

I invented most of them, but some names were given by my six-year-old daughter and I also used the website called Name Generator. (

3. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

Anywhere quiet and with a nice view of nature or buildings. I need a window where I can look outside whenever I feel like pulling my hair. (Ha ha!)

4. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I secretly wrote stories in my notebook when I was eleven. One time, I brought it to school and left it on my desk chair. My classmate suddenly asked me “I like your stories. Can you write more stories that I can read?” I wrote one or two short stories for her after that.

5. What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Steam carriages

6. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Keep writing. Keep practicing. Keep learning.

7. What is your writing process like?

I usually do it in the morning from 10am to 12pm. But, sometimes, I do it whenever I have the free time to write but I take a break on weekends.

8. Where do you write stories?

I write at home because I need a strong wifi connection to do research, and it’s where I can write quietly.

My 1940's inspired writing nook. :-)

9. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Short writing courses and books. They really helped.

10. What does literary success look like to you?

Finishing a book and knowing that people appreciate what you’ve written.

11. Who are your favorite authors?

C.S. Lewis, J.M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and James Patterson

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