Samantha Sotto, the author of “Before Ever After” published by Random House, spent the morning chatting with the people of Aspac Advertising as part of the Incitement Series last Nov. 6 at the Gallery.
In her talk, Samantha shared how writing to pass the time while waiting to pick up her son from school eventually became a novel published by the largest English-language book publisher in the US. She narrated the challenges she overcame, from writing the first draft, getting a literary agent, revising and completing the final manuscript to actually having the book published and marketed.
Before becoming a mommy entrepreneur, Samantha had worked in the marketing divisions of Unilever and Johnson & Johnson. Before Ever After is her first book ever and she is currently in the process of writing a second book.
Before Ever After is part romance, part mystery, part history. It tells the story of Shelley, a widow who suddenly is faced with the possibility that her husband Max is actually alive. The novel takes you to a journey through Europe and even to the Philippines with every chapter.
“We wanted to show our son how you can achieve any dream if you work hard enough,” she said about her experience writing the novel. With her story, Samantha may have inspired the people in Aspac Advertising, as well.