Local author and six-year Air Force veteran Robert Lovelle Rooks held a book signing Sept. 7 at the Barnes & Noble in Harker Heights for his latest novel, “Filipina.”

At the signing, Rooks met with event visitors, signed copies, and read the first four chapters of “Filipina” during a public reading that took place at 6 p.m.

“Filipina” is the product of Rooks’ world travels and personal encounters with 50 Filipina women throughout his life. The book is based on true stories and told through four different characters and plots.

“Filipina” was well-received at the 37th Annual Manila International Book Fair, where the first edition launched. It continues to receive positive reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Facebook.

Rooks commented that organizing his launch in the Philippines was costly, but the best place to launch such a book.”Filipina” is currently being considered by major Filipino bookstore chain, National Bookstore.

“The trip to launch at the 37th Annual Manila International Book Fair was fantastic,” Rooks said. The people there treated me more than I am. I’m a humble person. It felt really good. There’s also a fantastic, big readership in the Philippines. This is a culture still excited about books.”

“I want people to learn that Filipinos come from an interesting country. I want people to learn a little bit about who they are. If anything, I want people to know about the women’s issues Filipinas go through in places like Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, where many are still mistreated,” Rooks said.

Rooks is a Killeen resident who frequents Harker Heights, where his parents have chosen to settle after retiring from government service that resulted in their family traveling often.

“Filipina” is Rooks’ seventh novel and he is currently starting to write his first YA book, a spin-off of a Japanese anime called, “Samurai Champloo.”

Anime is another subject Rooks is passionate about and he seeks to build on the existing Samurai Champloo story, adding where he believes it should’ve continued after it was canceled.

Rooks plans to launch this title at a Comic Con in 2020.

Stay updated on Rooks’ projects at www.WriterRLR.com.

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