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Meeting Samantha Sotto

July 28, 2011

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 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 5:35 am

    wow!!! that was quick!!! read read read na!! you won’t be disappointed 😉

  2. July 28, 2011 7:40 am

    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! 🙂

  3. July 28, 2011 4:13 pm

    Had a blast with you guys! We should do it again soon! (LOVE the photo with my hubby! LOL!!!) 😀

    • Eliza permalink
      July 28, 2011 10:33 pm

      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!

  4. July 28, 2011 10:57 pm

    me too i teared up at her dedication to her kids 😀 thanks talaga kris for arranging the meet-up!!!

    sam! good luck!!!!

  5. July 29, 2011 10:04 am

    Huhuhu! I wanted to meet Sam! Looks like it was an awesome afternoon, ladies! 😉

  6. July 29, 2011 12:04 pm

    so nakakaiyak your post. i wanna meet her too 🙂

    • Eliza permalink
      July 29, 2011 12:56 pm

      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!

      • July 30, 2011 6:46 pm

        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!

    • July 29, 2011 1:02 pm

      and she mentioned you specifically during the book launch itself!!!

      • Eliza permalink
        July 29, 2011 1:16 pm

        Yes, that she did!!

      • July 29, 2011 1:23 pm

        she did?? how sweet naman. daming tao? Join ako your next meeting 🙂

      • Eliza permalink
        July 29, 2011 1:38 pm

        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! 😀

      • July 29, 2011 1:44 pm

        omg, then i’ll be a groupie of 2 people…sam and cvs! lol!! (excited!!)

      • July 29, 2011 4:01 pm

        Me, three, Jen. Haha.

        Aw, man, I really wanted to go last Wed. Looks like the group had a filling meal, er, had fun. 😉

  7. July 29, 2011 2:25 pm

    Had fun with you guys too! How come lahat kami mukhang zombie except you Elai?? You corrected your eyes no tapos kami hindi? Hahaha.

    • July 29, 2011 4:12 pm


      Hey, let’s do a book club thingy if you guys are up to it (*waves to CVS*)! 😀

      • July 30, 2011 6:36 am

        pano na, jenny and neva know the answers already! hahahaha!

        @kris, blog niya ‘to, that’s why! LOL!

      • Eliza permalink
        August 1, 2011 4:41 pm

        Blame Tembong. He took the pic! Haha!

      • Eliza permalink
        August 1, 2011 4:42 pm

        Sam I have to show you what I did to my book. Haha!!

  8. August 3, 2011 10:28 am

    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.

    • Eliza permalink
      August 3, 2011 12:38 pm

      I hope you get a copy soon! It’s a really great book! 🙂


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