Mina Esguerra

Mina Esguerra

Author and Publisher

Mina Esguerra has always loved romance, just as much as she loved both reading and writing romance novels. One day, she decided to write her own book as part of a bucket list. She published her first book in 2009 and began self-publishing in 2010. She then took it further and founded #romanceclass, a community of Filipino authors, in 2013. They started small, but now they have 80 published authors, over a hundred books, and readers all over the world.

The romance community is still fighting for recognition for awards given to their works and for their books to have equal space in bookstores. While it may seem simple or easy to write romance novels, it’s a whole other discussion to consider it as a career. That’s why she founded the #romanceclass, as a support system and community for these novelists.

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Mina Esguerra has always loved romance, just as much as she loved both reading and writing romance novels. One day, she decided to write her own book as part of a bucket list. She published her first book in 2009 and began self-publishing in 2010. She then took it further and founded #romanceclass, a community of Filipino authors, in 2013. They started small, but now they have 80 published authors, over a hundred books, and readers all over the world.

The romance community is still fighting for recognition for awards given to their works and for their books to have equal space in bookstores. While it may seem simple or easy to write romance novels, it’s a whole other discussion to consider it as a career. That’s why she founded the #romanceclass, as a support system and community for these novelists.

Mina Esguerra has always loved romance, just as much as she loved both reading and writing romance novels. One day, she decided to write her own book as part of a bucket list. She published her first book in 2009 and began self-publishing in 2010. She then took it further and founded #romanceclass, a community of Filipino authors, in 2013. They started small, but now they have 80 published authors, over a hundred books, and readers all over the world.

The romance community is still fighting for recognition for awards given to their works and for their books to have equal space in bookstores. While it may seem simple or easy to write romance novels, it’s a whole other discussion to consider it as a career. For Mina, the genre is considered commercial and not literature. That’s why she founded the #romanceclass, as a support system and community for these novelists.

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If I have reached anything, it’s because of women who gave me a chance every step of the way—from my first editor to my publisher to the readers. All of those people are still supporting me, and I get the chance to help them too.

According to Mina, “You’ll encounter barriers when your story is about a woman. You’ll be asked to write about other things.” But she never let that stop her. She’s written over 20 different stories of women going after what they want (the way she did!), and she’s been helped all along by other strong women as well. “If I have reached anything, it’s because of women who gave me a chance every step of the way—from my first editor to my publisher to the readers. All of those people are still supporting me, and I get the chance to help them too.”

Foremost among the women who have inspired Mina is her mother Linda who recently passed away. She told Mina that she could do whatever she set her mind to—the same lesson that Mina wants to impart to her own daughter. She wants to encourage all girls in the coming generations that it’s alright to pursue their own dreams, even when others may not believe in them. “Don’t think that you can’t do it,” she says. “If you really want it, just take it.”