She discussed the publication journey of her novel, The Mango Bride (Penguin Group, 2012) as well as the process she went through to see it published in the US. She gave an emphatic reading of an excerpt from the book complete with props, facial expression and body language. She delightfully answered the smart questions of our young Griffins which is proof that her session with them was an engaging one.
Ms. Soliven has taught creative writing at the University of San Diego and the University of the Philippines. Her essays and short stories are published nationally and internationally. The Mango Bride is her first novel published abroad.
Excerpts of Ms. Soliven's works can be read online via her website http://marivisoliven.