Meeting Samantha Sotto

So if you had three hours to spare every single day while waiting for your kids to be dismissed from school, what would you do? I’d probably hang out in some cafe to pass the time, maybe get a massage, a haircut, get the car cleaned, whatever. Nothing monumental about that, lots of moms do it every day. Samantha did it too. Except while she was hanging out in the neighborhood Starbucks, she wrote a book.

OCMomInManila arranged for us to meet Samantha just before the launch of Before Ever After at National Book Store G5 and I rushed to get a copy before our get-together. I was excited to meet her; having read books all my life and having a slight talent for writing, I could only dream of publishing a novel. I was going to meet a real-live published author, with Random House, no less!! She was going on a book tour! She was getting radio interviews! Chuvaness and the Manila Fashion Observer wrote about her! And I was going to meet her!! I was also mortified that I didn’t get to read the novel before I met her.

Little did I know that Samantha’s husband, Tembong, was my college buddy.

This is not normally how I greet old friends.

It was so nice getting to know Samantha a bit before the big press launch.

Jen of Next9, ManilaMommy Neva, Jen of Chronicles of A Nursing Mom, Jen's husband Stan, OCMomInManila Kris, Samantha and me!

She signed my copy.

ManilaMommy and Jen of Chronicles of A Nursing Mom were talking to her about the book, so I chose to catch-up with her husband instead. I didn’t want to hear any spoilers!!

We proceeded over to the launch.

After the usuals, Samantha was called onstage. While she was thanking those who helped her along the way, Samantha couldn’t help but tear up. I found myself shedding a tear too. Here’s a woman who followed her heart, poured it into a book and got it published for the world to read. She’s a mom, just like you and me, and I felt her success and claimed it for all mommies who still have a dream or two tucked away in between diaper changes, school assignments, household chores and grocery shopping. Samantha’s story is an amazing journey, and I can’t wait to read its fruit in Before Ever After.

Nice to meet you today Samantha! You’re a great inspiration. I believe great success for your next book as well!

24 thoughts on “Meeting Samantha Sotto”

  1. I agree with Jenny! I cried. Dedication pa lang. Hahahaha! I loved the book! I could imagine it in a movie na in my head! (romantic) *sigh*

    I would have teared up din if I were there!!!! Did Nev take lots of pics?? I wanna see! :)

    1. Hey Sam! Let’s get together again when you’re not busy na with your whirlwind book schedule. (So sikat!) 😀 Looking forward to seeing you again!

    1. Thanks for dropping by my blog Cecile!! We’re meeting up again soon. Please, PLEASE JOIN US??? We were talking about how your post on Before Ever After made her website crash!! Haha!

      1. i missed this… Can’t wait to read the book!
        now i have to make major effort to meet Sam AND CVS!!! Starstruck na ako dito pa lang sa blog mo Elai!
        :)))

        1. Yeah plenty tao, hindi na ko nakakain ng appetizers. LOL.

          Yey! Sige, I shall email/tweet you!! It would be so great to meet you too! 😀

  2. I like Sam’s book club thingy idea…I hope it materializes. I sooo love books. And I get so thrilled when a Filipino author gets published internationally. I instantly became a Samantha Sotto fan just by reading the raves after her book launch in Makati. Sayang, I missed it. I grabbed a copy and hoping to have my copy signed someday.

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