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Beyond the Page: Gail D. Villanueva

This week we are excited to feature Gail D. Villanueva, author of My Fate According to the Butterfly, (Scholastic, July 2019). Get to know her through fun questions below.

If you could dye your hair any color, what color would you pick and why?

Aqua blue, even though I’ve tried it and it didn’t look good on me. But I just love that color. It reminds me of summer and the Philippines’ beautiful beaches and skies. It’s a color that makes me happy

What’s your Hogwarts house? What qualities about the house do you feel best suit you? Which qualities make you think the Sorting Hat should think again?

Every online test I’ve taken says I’m a Gryffindor, but I believe I could have done well in Ravenclaw. I usually speak my mind whenever I see someone being treated unfairly (and, according to my husband, I also have a short temper), but I do enjoy coming up with new ideas, solutions, and innovations. I guess I’m similar to Hermione Granger that way—Gryffindor, but would have been okay in Ravenclaw, too.

What did you want to be growing up?

Oh, a lot of things! I remember wanting to be an astronaut, then changed my mind when I found out I needed to be good in math (which I am not). I also wanted to be a firefighter, but their equipment looked heavy. I even wanted to become an alchemist-veterinarian so my dog could live forever, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Tell us one fun insider-fact about My Fate According to the Butterfly, your most recent work.

My main character, Sab, was based on my younger sister. They’re both very creative and work well with oil pastels (my sister’s works are amazing). While Sab is her own person, she does share my sister’s tendency to worry or dwell too much about things.


Gail D. Villanueva

Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. She’s also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). Gail and her husband live in the outskirts of Manila with their dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is her debut novel.

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