Victorette Joy Campilan
Victorette Joy Campilan, or otherwise known as VJ Campilan, is the author of All My Lonely Islands (Anvil Publishing, 2017), which won the Grand Prize for the English Novel at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in 2015.
VJ took up BA Communication Research in the University of the Philippines – Diliman, graduating magna cum laude. Eventually, she decided to pursue writing and took up her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at De La Salle University – Manila.
A financial writer by day and novelist by night, she had been an avid book reader since childhood and it was through her reading adventures that she first entertained the idea of writing stories herself. She grew up reading CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Arthur Conan Doyle, all of whom she considers as her greatest literary influences.
All My Lonely Islands is her first novel which tells about a young woman’s physical and emotional journey and struggles as an expatriate Filipino kid growing up in different countries. It is inspired by her teenage years spent living in Dhaka, Bangladesh with her parents who worked for an international NGO. Her adventures with her parents involved living in two countries and three provinces, going to 10 different schools, and learning to speak five languages. Her debut novel was her MFA thesis before she decided to submit it to the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in 2015, where it won the Grand Prize for the English Novel.
Before her major breakthrough, she was first published in UP Diliman’s literary journal, Likhaan, for her short story, Real Dhaka in 2013.
VJ currently resides in Cavite where she is writing her second novel, an alternative history/science fiction re-imagining of an affluent Philippines on the cusp of deterioration.
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