In the aftermath of the fiercest typhoon on record to hit land, banners bearing the words Tindog Tacloban started to appear all over the city. Meaning Rise Up Tacloban, they were a testament to the determination and resilience of the Filipino people as they tried to rebuild their shattered lives. For many, things would never be the same: Izel Sombilon watched in horror as two of his children were ripped from his arms and swept away by the huge storm waves Eleven-year-old Lika Faye was plunged into the sordid underworld of Webcam Child Sex Tourism. For Helen Gable volunteering in the typhoon-ravaged area was a chance for her to come to terms with her own personal tragedy. This is a thrilling read, inspired by the author’s experiences gained when she was a volunteer after the typhoon hit. A must-read novel from this exciting new author. It is November 2013 and Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has just struck Tacloban in the Philippines. A local family is caught up in the devastating aftermath and has to fight for survival. One of the surviving daughters, 11 year old Lika Faye, is abducted by child traffickers and dragged into the sleazy world of webcam sex and worse. Will her family be able to save the child from a terrible end?
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ABOUT CLAIRE MORLEY
Claire Morley lives in North Cyprus with her dog, cat and partner, Steve.
In her previous life, she has been a marketer, a journalist and a wedding planner. She now helps authors self-publish their books, running a business formatting and promoting fiction and non-fiction – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tindog Tacloban is her first novel and was inspired by a trip to the Philippines as a volunteer to help after the devastating typhoon known locally as Yolanda hit Tacloban on 8 November, 2013 and of from this book will go to benefit charities working to stop human trafficking and helping in disaster areas.
You can also find Claire at
Twitter: clairemorley @clairemorley15
Q&A WITH CLAIRE
Describe yourself using three words?
Determined, active, positive
What inspired you to write your first novel?
In 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated the city of Tacloban. I went as a volunteer to help rebuild schools, assist with feeding programs and work with building projects in the city. I had the intention of writing articles about my experience and therefore interviewed numerous survivors, volunteers and workers. On my return to my home in Cyprus, my partner suggest I write a fictional book instead and Tindog Tacloban was born! All proceeds from the sales of the book have gone to help the organisations I worked with in the Philippines.
What time of day do you like to write?
I don’t really have a set time, more a daily word target, although I seem to work better in the afternoon.
What is your favourite book and why?
There are too many books to choose just one!
How did you pick the title of your book?
While I was in Tacloban, there were banners on buildings and fences bearing the words Tindog Tacloban, Tindog means Rise Up and it seemed appropriate for the title of my book, as it is about people rising up after such a dreadful natural disaster.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Some of the characters in the book were amalgamated from the descriptions I was given by the people I interviewed, but several are based on real people, including one of the main characters, Helen, who was drawn from my own experiences.
What’s your favourite word?
Hmmm, probably one you wouldn’t want to print!
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
A bit of both, I had a rough idea of where I wanted to go but tended to let the flow take me there. Living in a hot climate (in the summer at least) I swim every day and I found that was a great time to think storylines through and find ways to grow the story.
10. Who is your favourite Author?
My Favourite author has changed over time depending on the genre I have been keen on at the time, one of my favourites has been Paulo Coelho
Are you working on a new project?
My current project is not a book of my own, I work with authors wanting to self-publish but who don’t have the time or inclination to learn how to do so themselves. I help them with formatting and promotion, having had to learn how to do it all myself and taken a number of courses on how to achieve the best results.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I do have a book signing coming up in April, however, it is in Cyprus, so could be a bit of a journey for some people!
Thank you for taking part in my Q&A Claire, come back soon.