A Negrense author has become a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author for her first novel “The Hurricane Wars”.
The book by Thea Guanzon, 34, who is from Bacolod City, was launched in the Philippines at the National Bookstore at Shangri-La Plaza in Metro Manila on Saturday, October 15.
The book was also launched in London on October 12 and Guanzon will return to the United Kingdom for a book tour in Scotland, England and Wales in November.
There is a regular edition and a Waterstones exclusive edition, the latter of which sold out before release day in London, she said.
The book published by Harper and Collins is a romantic fantasy set in a world spun from the myths and cultures of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.
“Two bitter enemies on opposite sides of a deadly conflict forge a volatile alliance in order to save their respective nations from a greater threat on the horizon,” Guanzon said.
“In the process they must confront the strange and unexpected facets of their magic, as well as a tangled web of political intrigue, the secrets of the past, and a burning attraction as dangerous as it is irresistible,” she added.
The Hurricane Wars is a trilogy with the next book to be published in 2024, she said.
Guanzon said they have sold translation rights for the book to be published in other languages.
Guanzon also wrote the short story “Dune Sea Songs of Salt and Moonlight” for the 2023 anthology From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi.
Guanzon holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a specialization in international Politics and Peace Studies from Miriam College.
She finished her high school and elementary studies at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Bacolod City.
The author is the daughter of doctors Casten and Joy Guanzon.*