Meet our Literary Image Model… Bey Tolentino


Originally from the Philippines, Bey got her inspiration to finally write a novel when she became an intern in New York. She had her first book published in the US in 2016. And now, she is the Digital Content Creator of Anna York Flowers.


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I started to write, there was this drive that felt really hard to control. At first they were bits of thoughts, until words became sentences, paragraphs… and the next thing you know, it’s a whole story. I guess I knew how much I loved playing with words even way back then, I just didn’t realize that I would love to pursue something bigger in the writing industry.


What’s the best thing about being a writer?

“You never know what the future holds”, they say, but when you’re a writer, you know where and how things are going to end up exactly. You control everything, which is impossible to do in real life.


What is your writing ritual…is there anything you have to have while writing (a certain food or drink, music, etc)?

I love listening to music, or simply the sound of pouring rain. I prefer to have green tea with lemon.


What is your favorite genre to read?

I do enjoy thriller and romantic suspense, sometimes something light, perhaps young adult or any romance novel.


What’s your favorite genre to write? Is writer’s block real? How do you avoid this?

I’d like to say romantic suspense, new adult and young adult fiction. Yes, at most it’s unavoidable because it’s as innate as your drive to write a story. Some writers take years in order to complete their thoughts, some get stuck in the middle. When this happens, my first go-to is to travel, but if my schedule doesn’t permit, I listen to music. When I wrote Love Murdered, I had one song on replay possibly for fifty times or more. I also love to observe people, be it in a coffee shop, a tourist spot or anywhere.


Who is your favorite author and why?

William Shakespeare. I haven’t read all his works, but I think he’s amazing. I love Romeo and Juliet.


If you were to have your book turned into a movie, who would you want to be the lead actor/actress?

Although it’s short, I’d love to see Love Murdered in the big screen. It’s such a twisty story. Hmmm. Maybe Lily Collins and Douglas Booth?


Favorite time and place to write?

I collect my thoughts anywhere I go, and then write in the comfort of our home.


If you were a rose, what would be your colour?

Metallic Blue.


Do you eat your feelings, or starve them? 

I reflect on them.


What is your latest work?

My latest work is called “Lovelight,”  It’s a part of an anthology called “For Melissa”.

Lovelight by B. Tolentino

Blind but never felt unwanted, Melissa Chaplin lives peacefully in New Hampshire with her mother. Wanting to make progress in her life, she decides to apply for a part-time job only to be rejected as soon as she receives the phone call she was so excited about. Suddenly, the bruising frustration of being visually impaired envelopes her, causing her to take a huge leap of faith by agreeing to be a patient to a doctor from Germany she meets for the first time.


What is one piece of advice that you would give to future generations?

I’m not sure if I’ve done pretty well in life, but you’re young. You’ll commit mistakes once in a while, you’re curious about a lot of things, and that’s normal. Don’t rush when it comes to your goals, but trust your worth as you strive to reach them. In life, you won’t get satisfied and won’t be at your best overnight, because no one has ever reached success in one blink of an eye. Just keep doing what you love, but always be responsible at the same time. And wherever life takes you, always be humble.


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