About Victoria Mulato:
Born in the Philippines in the 1960s, Xulli is the first child of many. By the time she is four, she is taking care of three other siblings while both her mother and father work. At first things are difficult, but not desperate. Then life turns ugly when her father begins bringing on gin, spending every penny he earns on his addiction and leaving his family on the brink of starvation.
The Alcohol makes her father mean and abusive. At first, his anger is mostly directed at her mother, who flees for her life, leaving the children behind. Her father then turns his attention to the kids. Cruelly, he tries to teach the youngest ones that they don’t need their mother or milk by putting hot peppers on the nipples of their bottles….
What inspires you to write?
I grew up from an impoverished family in the Philippines, and my father made our family situation worse by physically and emotionally abusing me, my mother and my siblings. As a very young child, I often wondered if there was someone out there, somewhere besides “God” who could save anyone of us, hear my cries for help because, it seemed the harder I prayed and asked for some kind of miracle – for someone to take us someplace safe, the harder our situation became. I have seen, witnessed neighborhood children as young as toddlers slapped, kicked, whipped, beaten beyond unimaginable, by their father, sometimes mother, sometimes relatives, and not one person or neighbor would want to get involve or intervene.
Sister Moon of the Philippines is a revival of my childhood experiences growing up in the hands of abusive adults. It is my sincere hope that through my writing I can reach out once more, far outside the land of my birth and let him or her know there is help. There are resources, organizations, and places for which to seek help and shelter. It is my lifelong wish to spread the word worldwide, to the very young and very old that abuse in any shape or form must end.
Tell us about your writing process.
Draw up a preliminary plan – a rough draft with Headings and subheadings, support with descriptive details or examples. Try to make the story coherent, connecting one paragraph to the next.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write your thoughts, ideas down as soon as you thought of one – before you forget. Or sleep next to a voice recorder at all times and record as soon as something brilliant comes to mind. Then organize your writings when you wake up in the morning.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Contact several writers who have already published a book, get their insight or advise, recommendations, etc. Participate in write’s groups, talks, seminars, if you can afford it; you will meet publishers and writers. Some offer advise and give their emails and phone numbers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With self-publishing, it’s a lot easier now to publish a book.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non fiction/ memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print