May 31, 2020
Cancelled East Asia trips? Worry not, because our newest author, Mayang Tala will take you on a magical journey to South Korea, Japan, and China through her tale of time, love, and magic!
Get to know Mayang Tala and her what-if fantasy novel, The Tale of Tsukuyumi as she talks about writing, East Asian culture, and her inspirations.
What is the story of “The Tale of Tsukuyumi”?
The story of “The Tale of Tsukuyumi” revolves around the past and present in four East Asian countries, Japan, South Korea, China, and the Philippines. A novel inspired by the heart melting stories of the East Asian dramas we binge-watch and rave about. The novel focuses on Mayari, a Filipina who has been a Japanese princess in the past named Tsukuyumi and her journey towards finding out the truth behind her identity and her past involving a Korean prince that turned into a God and lives in the present time as a Korean hallyu star. Despite their cursed past and their new identities, their hearts are still destined to fall for each other wherever and whenever as he is the only one who holds the key to her blurry past.
What was your inspiration for the romance of Tsukuyumi/Mayari and Prinsipe Beopmin/Jae-hee?
I have always been interested in the cultures of East Asian countries, specifically South Korea, Japan, China, and the Philippines. Being a fan of their myths and legends, the story of Prinsipe Beopmin and Tsukuyumi is influenced by the history, traditions, and the different gods and goddesses of these countries including the Goddess of the Moon who has a very important role in the lives of the main characters. The heroine’s name, Mayari, is actually the name of the Goddess of the Moon in Philippine mythology. Also, I have always been fascinated with the unique plots of K-dramas and animes, which is why some parts of my novel are inspired by these, such as the gods, goddesses, and reincarnations. This is why I wrote a what-if fiction novel with some prominent characters in history and tried to create an alternative version of their lives with fictional characters and events, such as Mayari’s involvement in Beopmin’s life.
What should readers expect from the book?
Filipino readers will see themselves in the story through Mayari as she travels to South Korea and Japan. They will be introduced to the different legends and mythologies of East Asian countries and how each can affect Mayari and Prinsipe Beopmin’s love story. The book will take you to a whirlwind romance full of magic and love.
Do you have a favorite excerpt or quote from the book that you can share with us?
“Nabatid ko ang katotohanan sa pagtitig sa akin ng itim na perlas niyang mga mata. Saka ko lang napansing kabaliktaran ito ng sinungaling kong bibig.”
Your pen name is very interesting. What made you choose to go by the name Mayang Tala?
I was always fascinated with stars since I was a child, hence the name Tala, the Tagalog term for the word Star, which I combined with my real name, Maya. I also believe in Feng Shui and the letters “M” and “T” are considered lucky in that practice.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for 6 years already, first as a hobby and then as my profession. I have already published a novel in 2014 under another local publishing house.
What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
Just keep on dreaming and always follow your passion. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
Lastly, what is your message to your future readers?
Sana suportahan niyo ang nobela kong The Tale of Tsukuyumi. Hindi masasayang ang oras niyo sa pagbabasa nito. Abangan niyo rin ako sa future events ng VIVA Books.
What dramas or animes can you recommend to your readers?
I recommend that everyone should watch the Reply Series, 1994,1997 & 1988. The stories are relatable and nostalgic. And the casts individually portrayed the role perfectly. For anime, I love Your Lie in April, I love how virtually poetic and alluring it is.
What’s your favorite myth?
I enjoy reading the Tagalog Mythology that inspired my protagonist's name.
What’s your favorite Asian food?
I like Korean food like dokkbokki, fish cake, and samgyupsal.
Which character in #TheTaleofTsukuyumi do you relate the most to?
I can relate with Mayari as a woman who wants to be free in life.
Know more about Mayang Tala through her social media accounts:
Twitter & Instagram: @mayangtala10.
Grab your copy NOW of #TheTaleofTsukuyumi online at vivabooks.ph and enjoy a magical East Asian trip in the comfort of your own home!
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