My Bio

Jenny Mae S. Talaver

Roman Catholic

Born on July 18, 1996 at Zamboanga City

Age: 17

Grew up in Isabela City, Basilan

Parents:

Father: Joseph Flujencio Talaver – December 26, 1965

Mother: Erlinda Saavedra Talaver – May 18, 1965

Sister (one and only):

Joan Marie S. Talaver (now Mrs. Joan Marie T. Cerezo) – May 26, 1990

School Background:

Elementary – Isabela East Central Elementary School – graduated April 2009 as Salutatorian

High School – Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School – 1st year (2009-2010) consistent 1st honor

–      Basilan National High School – 2nd year to 4th year (2010 – present) – consistent in the Honors List

College – Ateneo de Zamboanga University – AB Philosophy freshman with scholarship merits

Awards:

Gr. V – 1st place in an essay writing contest at school

Gr. VI – 3rd year : regular top winners (ranging from 1st to 5th place) in the Division Schools Press Conference and RSPC

–      National qualifier in the NSPC February 22-26, 2010 in Tagum City, Davao

Publication of Works:

I was 5 years old when I joined the Asian Council of People’s Culture (ACPC) Alamat –Big Book Project. In a Summer Art Camp, I was able to write my first story – about three talking birds and three gumamela plants. The other children there presented that story to the campers in a form of reader’s theatre.

Gr. III – first passed a full-length Filipino poem with 14 stanzas for our school paper

Gr. V – wrote a full-length Filipino novel in the tradition of Tagalog pocketbooks but only gave it to my classmates to read because I didn’t think the whole material would fit in the school paper

Actually, all of my literary works are just published in the school paper or otherwise stored in folders at my room.

4th year – Western Mindanao Writers’ Workshop (Oct. 22-26, 2012) was the first time I had passed a novel in progress for critiquing.

– I was the only student and youngest one among the delegates of the recent Philippine Writers’ Festival (Taboan 2013) held at Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental.

Style of writing: based from experience

Actually, I didn’t have a good childhood – I was always punished by my mother, even though I didn’t do anything wrong. I was often left alone in the house since my sister was also in a rebellious stage and often with her barkada. Not wanting to idle away the hours, I wrote and wrote any thoughts randomly on any piece of paper I could get my hands on. And I read my mother’s books and my sister’s school textbooks. With my imagination at work, I made perhaps hundreds of stories up in my mind and even said them quietly to myself when I’m alone.

I developed how I write novels by reading Classics and modern novels. I had the chance to read books of distinguished novelists especially Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, D.H. Lawrence, Henry James, Jonathan Swift, John Conrad, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Emily and Anne Brontë, and C.S. Lewis in my first year in FTTS. So I strived to write something to match their elegance. Then I read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and it widened my mind to the genre of fantasy. So I also wrote things related to my fascination in enchanted world of the supernatural.

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