About Me

Yes, my  name really is Nutschell (my friends back in the Philippines used to call me “Nuts”)—and I am a Writing Nut– hence the title of this blog.

I’ve always been nuts about writing, but I never had the inclination to take it seriously.  But I woke up one day and realized that life is too short for “could have beens” or “what ifs”.  So I decided to fulfill a dream I’ve had since I was a little girl with pigtails (yes, I did wear pigtails once) –to write a book and become a published author.

Since I took the leap into the world of writing, my life has changed drastically.

I’ve learned that writing is all about People—the people we meet who inspire our stories, the people we write our stories for, and the people who help our writing dreams come true.

Thanks to this gained wisdom, I’ve started this blog,  finished a middle grade contemporary fantasy novel and young adult urban fantasy novel, and I’ve also become an active member of the writing community.

I joined the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Currently I’m a member of the SCBWI-L.A. Board, acting as the Contest Coordinator. I also attend various book signings in the area, and have recently joined the Write On to Build On group, to make sure I keep on writing.

More importantly, I founded the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA) , and we are currently in the process of taking it non-profit.

Of course, aside from these various writing group members, I continue to learn about the craft of writing by reading volumes upon volumes of children’s books, fantasy books, and books on writing; and by attending various writing conferences and workshops.

Although writing is my passion, and takes up majority of my time, I also have other interests which I pursue, and I find that they improve my writing immensely. After all, the best way to come up with story-worthy ideas is to live a story-worthy life.

12 Random Facts About Me

1. I graduated from college with a BA in Psychology.

2. After graduating from college, I went back to High School—this time as an English Teacher.

3. I’m currently working as an accounting clerk, even though I hated Math all throughout my school years.

4. I train with the Los Angeles Doce Pares in the Multi-Style Filipino Martial Art of Escrima. I now know how to fight with sticks, knives, swords and yes, my bare hands—comes in handy when writing action scenes for my novels. :)

Los Angeles Doce Pares

5. I enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I was a member of the Faculty Choir and the Faculty Band back when I taught at Miriam College High School in the Philippines.

With  Faculty Bandmates, 2005

6. I’ve always loved Photography. One day I hope to take actual lessons, but for now I’m a self-taught Photography-junkie.

Salisbury, England 2010, photo by Maiko

7. I can play the drums. Not as well as I’d like, but good enough to drive the cats away.

8. I love playing B sports—Basketball, Badminton, and Bowling. I have yet to try Baseball.

9. I used to play a lot of pool (billiards). In fact, I have my very own pool sticks.

10. I can draw/sketch. I love sketching with pencils and charcoal.

Church, 3-17-07

Eagle, 3-17-07

11. I love traveling.

Stonehenge, 2010

12. I can make some mean desserts. My leche flan, marshmallow cloud cookies and oreo cheesecake are to die for.

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60 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Bernadette says:

    … and to add to your description: an inspiring student and teacher… after all you were the recipient of the Best in English Award during your high school graduation.

    As your former teacher, I am very confident that you will achieve your goal! Good luck & God bless!

  2. Mel Navarro says:

    Nutschie 😉 Dette Congratulations!

  3. I’m a writer and independent publisher in Playa del Rey. I’d love to attend your next writers group, when is it? Please call me to get acquainted 310 *******.

  4. Jenne Mondok says:

    Nuts. Congrats!

  5. Kay Aquino says:

    Congratulations and best of luck in everything you do!
    I am very proud of you, my friend!

  6. Aaron Brown says:

    I like your website. I found it on meetup.com when I was looking for writer groups.

  7. Peter says:

    Hi there,

    I’m a friend of one of the authors you interviewed recently – Allison Burnett. That was a fabulous interview. One of the best I’ve come across in years – well done.

    You’re bound for a great writing future. Keep going !


    (London UK)

  8. Jenn says:

    Hi! I found your blog when I googled for a photo of Elle Fanning. You’ve got a lovely theme here!

    • nutschell says:

      Hi Jenn!
      Thanks for your kind words! Please feel free to look around. I checked out your website as well. I love that you’re a freelance writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. I haven’t read that newspaper in forever. Do keep in touch!

  9. So nice to connect with another children’s writer. Way back in 1985 I spent a wonderful summer in the Philippines–in Cebu City. I’d love to go back. I’m sure your time there gave you lots to write about!


    • nutschell says:

      Hi Debbie,
      That’s one thing I love about blogging. I get to meet other wonderful writers out there (and I don’t even have to leave my desk!). So glad to have checked out your blog as well. I’ve already subscribed.

  10. cherry says:

    this is it nuts!!! i’m behind you all the way. though we’re oceans apart i’ll be the first person to buy your books when you publish them.(hope i’d get a friendly discount.) congrats!!! mk

  11. Melanie says:

    What a fantastic website! Everything is top notch. If you aren’t already, this site should be generating some revenue!!! You are definitely on the road to success.

    • nutschell says:

      Hi Melanie!
      Thanks so much for your kind words! One of these days I do hope to generate some revenue (writing is not a financially glamorous career and any amount would help), but for now i’m simply enjoying the simple act of writing.

  12. Gemma Galera says:

    nuts dear!!! great work you have here! i’m glad you’re on your way to fulfilling your dream. but it urge you to continue dreaming. if you are doing what is good, then your dreams will fall short. hope to see you again!!! love yah!

  13. Gemma Galera says:

    haha! a typo there on”it”. should have been “i”. sorry.

  14. Carla says:

    I saw you on the A-Z Blogging Challenge blog and am a new follower…you have a great blog! I’ve really enjoyed looking around. I also want to have my books published. Good luck with your middle grade book!

  15. Bonnie says:

    Great looking blog! Can’t wait to dive in more!

  16. I noticed your name on JuneBug’s blog & thought you might be interested in participating in WEEKWORD this week, I’m hosting, so you would need to stop by my blog & leave me a note that you’d like to post your interpretation of the word, ANTICIPATION… it’s a creative nudge that someone hosts each week – quite fun, you get to meet new bloggers, and people will visit your blog to see what you have posted. More info is located on my 4/3/11 posting.

  17. Josie says:

    Hi there, Lizzy Ford sent me :) You have a wonderful site, it is really inspiring and educational. I wish you happiness and joy..

  18. I just love your “about me”. Your story is so encouraging! I, too, have wanted to be a published author for as long as I can recall. I feel like I’m finally beginning to have the belief that it will truly happen and to develop the discipline necessary to get there. You have great info on your site, and I look forward to visiting some more. Best wishes on your fantasy novel!

  19. Ines says:

    Hi Nutschell!

    It’s nice to see a former student doing what she loves doing. Congratulations! Keep it up and take care!

  20. iveremlee says:

    hi ate nutchie

    im so happy and proud for you found your site because of tita nannette 😀

  21. Joanna Agbayani says:

    Hi Ate Nuts,

    I guess now I have the privilege to call you “ate” instead of “miss” since we’re not in school (MC) anymore. I hope you can still recall me by name or at least remember me by face. :) I never had the chance to be your student; though I’m glad I encountered you because of CMA (Campus Ministry Auxiliary) when you became our speaker when we had our retreat back in 2005, I think. Anyway, I just came across your website because I saw the link in your face book. I’m starting to read your blogs and I’m really enjoying it, especially your write-ups about your England trip. Kudos! :) I also read that you’re starting to write your own story book, good luck on that! :) I’ll wait for your book to be published in the near future and support you even though we’re oceans apart. :) Continue doing what you love and keep on dreaming & believing. God bless you & your family! :)

    – AGBA –

  22. This blog is amazing, you are helping without knowing me.Thank you

  23. Loved reading about you! We have something in common. People call me “nuts” a lot, too. lol

  24. So great to meet you
    I love the writers in the blogsphere so diverse and fresh
    best with all you do

  25. mare ball says:

    cute blog. What a great last name! My last name is Ball and my blog is Adventures in the Ballpark. It’s fun to have something to play off. :-) Good luck with all your writing dreams!

  26. stephanie says:

    Hi! I visited your blog cause I found your comment on mine! I like to visit everyones blog who comments! Thank you for visiting!! As far as your #1, you’d have a ton of fun with our family!! hahaha…

  27. Viveka says:

    ..thanks for visiting me and your comment regarding Ramlösa … not surprised that you have heard about it. Only 10% goes on export, but for me there is no water like it and I have been drinking water all over the world. Welcome come back.

  28. JokeL says:

    hi Nuts, this is Jokel, the one behind the “a thotful spot” blog. I just dropped by to thank you for visiting in my blog. I just saw your comment on my entry for the letter J.. and replied to your question on why my blog is spelled that way. :)

  29. hi Nutschell, Thanks for visiting my blog. Interesting profile.. Nice to know you. A-z blogging challenge..

  30. Teresa says:

    YOU are so pretty. Just saying.


  31. Hi Nutschell,
    I came over to read Lee’s guest post. Now I’m following you! Great site.
    Catherine Catherine Stine’s Idea City

  32. Sigal says:

    I love your about me Nutschell! Great page.

  33. Julie Grasso says:

    Hi Nutshell
    Thank you for responding to my review request. I would like to send you either a paperback or ebook. Can you provide me with your email address and or postal address. You can find me at julie.grasso@optusnet.com.au
    I look forward to hearing from you, chees

  34. Lady M says:

    Great source for writing but I really like your sketches. The one of the church is beautiful!

  35. unikorna says:

    What an amazing presentation, it’s almost impossible not to like you :). You are a very lovely and interesting person and I am very glad I have discovered you :).

  36. Jill says:

    Hey, I love your site and really admire your ambitious nature and way you just “get things done” :)
    I would love to chat (i.e. ask a ton of questions, I’m lost :) ) about books and writing. Not sure I see a contact here anywhere. Can you email me maybe? Hope to hear from you! Thanks


  37. Annie Seaton says:

    Great blog. It was lovely to meet you over on Maria’s Books blog and I was SO pleased to hear you like that I write across genres. I do worry that is confuses my readers!

  38. I would like to talk with you to see if this writing group would be a fit for my writing project! Please email me or call me at 661-714-2787, thank you!

  39. Anita says:

    I ‘accidentally’ stubbled on the link to your site via Karen Lange. And how glad I did. With English being my dual language ( I am 60 and lived Down Under in NZ for 30 years) I love reading english texts. Keeps me sharp.

    Your site looks AMAZING, and gives me food for thought to step out of the box in how I could set mine up as opposed to the ‘standard’ design.

    The things I have read so far intrigue me to read more – I will be a regular visitor if that’s ok with you.

    cheers Anita

  40. roberta says:

    Very cool site. I enjoyed it for the first time so much. Love the writer interview feature. Came to this site to check out LeeAnne Krusemark as I am contemplating taking a course on Ed2Go for beginning publishing. (By the way, Ed2Go photography courses are fabulous if you ever want a six-week course on so many different kinds of digital photography. I have taken many!) Thanks and I will check back for your weekly interviews! :-)

  41. Deirdra says:

    Hi I’m looking for your contact info for a book review/post?
    Can you email me at EdenLiterary at gmail dot com

  42. I wanted to use the cartoon illustration of the tired man at the computer.
    0511 1005 0201 0031 Cartoon of a Tired Man Working on His Computer clipart image2 298×300

    I can’t find it anywhere, but on your site – did you illustrate it? or can you tell me where I can get the rights to use it?

    I want to use it for a small marketing campaign for a new software product. thanks for any assistance.

  43. So nice to meet you. I’m glad my friend LD Masterson was your guest today on the blog, so I could meet another friend. I loved your 12 facts and the pictures. We have a couple of things in common. Well, writing for one, but also guitar and sketching.

  44. Charlotte Donimeyer says:

    Wow your website and your background is very neat!
    I have a question though, what was it like when you joined the SCBWI? Did it help you with your present career?

  45. Charlotte says:

    Hi I dont know if I already posted this but I want to say that your website is still wonderful and I wonder, how was it when you joined the SCBWI? Did it help you with your career ?

  46. Ken says:


    I’m trying to reach the writer Pamela Wells. I worked with her at a newspaper in MD. Thanks.


  47. Ivelina Stoilova says:

    Hi there,

    I wanted to know if I can find a mentor for poem writing. I recently started writing and as I have no background – neither educational nor professional, I would really like to find a person who can help me find a way to excel and probably make it be professional.

    If you would like to see a sample of my poems, let me know.

    Thanks for the time

  48. Amal says:

    Hi there,

    Hope all is going well.

    I wanted to know if I can find a mentor for children picture books writing. I recently started writing for kids 1-2-5 years old and wanted to publish my books. I sent you a message through SCBWI website. I came a member few weeks ago and also I joined the Bay Creative Writers Group in Los Angelos.
    One of the group member recommended the website and advised me to contact you.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Amal Alalim

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