About Anna

I am, as this blog implies, a freelance writer based in the Philippines. I have been writing professionally for 14+ years, ever since I was in college. Before I went into freelancing I worked as an editorial assistant in a magazine, a communications officer in a real estate organization, and a secretary in a couple other companies. Of all those jobs I took, I love freelance writing the most. I feel that this is the career I was born to follow.

People often ask me what topics I like to write about. To be honest, I don’t have a favorite topic. I can write on a wide variety of topics. It’s more comfortable for me to say what I can’t write about, which are: illegal stuff like child pornography, and technical stuff that involves math and the hard sciences. I also write fiction on the side, but it’s been a while since I had time to pursue that avenue.

My Influences

A professor in college once told the class I was in that a writer’s writing is largely influenced by what he/she reads. If that premise is applied to me, I won’t be able to give a straight answer as to who my influences are.

I can say, however, which writers, books and genres I like reading best. In high school, I was your typical teenager, always with a Sweet Valley High or Sweet Dreams novel in hand. I also sneaked many a Harlequin and Mills & Boon novel under my mother’s nose every so often. In college, I shifted to science fiction and fantasy; I fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ursula K. LeGuin.

I’m still in love with them after all these years, but I have since diversified my interests. Aside from science fiction and fantasy, I am also into historical fiction and gothic novels.  Not vampire fiction, though.

Outside Writing and Reading

Aside from writing for a living and reading books, I’m also into a lot of things. For a while, I was addicted to massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) like World of WarCraft and Lord of the Rings Online. I like watching movies, though I haven’t been to the cinema in a while. There are also a number of TV series I follow; right now I have House, NCIS, Castle, Bones, The Good Wife, and Boardwalk Empire on my TV schedule. I also rediscovered a love for crochet, something I took up as a child and gave up on in college.

I’m always open to new opportunities. You can send me a message using this contact form. You can also hire me through oDesk.com. Or you can email me at anna (dot) sibal (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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