0. Name, please!
1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
I’m working on two books at the moment, actually. It’s not a good thing, not advisable, but sometimes I get so bored by what I’m writing so switching between the two genres helps me stay sane.
One of the books is a Sci-Fi Romance, Book 3 to my series The Chikara Revolution. It features a courtesan who had been trained to do espionage work. Things turned awry, and she got killed, but was brought back to life as a cyborg. This is where I’m at now. Where’s the romance? I’m working on it.
The other book is a Chinese Historical Romance. I don’t know if it’s going to turn out to be a series yet, but this is a Book 2 to a previous book I’ve written. It’s about an ex-soldier who works very hard to protect his ex-captain and family from being assassinated, but this pesky neighbour keeps getting in his way. This is where I’m at now. Where’s the romance? I’m working on it.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out.
I’m a very new writer although I’ve been an avid reader for the longest time. I only published my first book in 2019 and to date, I’ve written three. I’m hoping to write more but I need to rely on my full-time job to feed the production of my books and my family. In a way, I have to budget how many books I can afford to publish in a year.
My first book is from the series – The Chikara Revolution. After twelve years of civil war, a tyrant finally attained his goal of unifying the Planet Chikara under his rule. The people on the planet suffered and were helpless against his cruelty because he had the military backing him. Amidst the wake of destruction, heroes emerge, defying the tyrant’s oppressive rule and unifying rebels to fight for their freedom.
Book 1 – Fatal Extraction, features a pirate who had a personal vendetta against the tyrant. She did not have enough power to take the tyrant head on, but she irritated him by constantly sabotaging his shipment of weapons and supplying the rebels with firepower to fight the civil war. In a twist of events, she ran into a high-ranking officer who defected and got dragged into the revolution.
The events in Book 2 – Purple Reign, occurred before Book 1. I introduced the main characters at the end of Book 1, and I thought I wanted to give some background to who they are.
I’m currently working on Book 3 now, as mentioned earlier, and the events pick up after Book 1.
The third book I’ve written is Tiger Unbound. I’m a huge fan of Chinese martial arts and swordplay, but it’s such a pain to read all those long novels in Mandarin. This book came about on a whim when I thought I’d try writing a Chinese historical fantasy romance in English. I had a lot of fun and all those who read the book asked for a sequel. So here I am, working on it.
3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
I dislike the research part of writing. It breaks the momentum of my thoughts and sometimes, destroys the fantasy of a certain story progression I have in mind. Although it’s the fantasy genre, the things I write about must still “make sense” for it to be relatable for the readers. For example, in a fight, it’s absolutely acceptable for a flying dagger to pierce through the skull of the human and cause instant death. However, if this happens in my novel, I’ll get called out.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
Plot twists. I love it when I can catch my readers off guard or reveal something unexpected that surprises them.
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
I love Ilona Andrews’s creativity, Grace Draven’s language skills and the way Monica Enderle Pierce moves her plot. Their books are like my textbooks for reference.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
You fool. You can only get a better life after leaving that wretched one behind. For I know the plans I have for you, since I am your Creator, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
This is a fun question! The last book I’ve read was Jeaniene Frost’s Wicked All Night. I’d love to see Ian play poker with the two main characters I’m writing now. Kseniya is an expert at reading people and body language, while Sher Gu is intelligent and cunning.
However, Ian will definitely win because he has a few centuries worth of experience and an expert at playing poker. I think he’ll enjoy playing with my girls, though. He’ll probably get them make out with each other when they lose.
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
I’m still navigating this writing business. I’m no expert but I can share with the aspiring writers what I’ve learned so far.
Don’t be shy about asking for recommendations on good editors. Ask the established authors who’s editing for them and go to them. If those editors’ rates are high, save up for it. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. It’s a hard lesson I learned.
Don’t dabble in advertising without first learning about it. It’s very easy to lose a few hundreds and not get any results.
Do not “buy” an ARC list. There are people claiming they have over hundreds of readers willing to leave reviews for ARCs. You pay them a fee to be the middleman and give out hundred over copies to people who ask for it, but you get at most 2 or 3 reviews in return. Worse still, this is how you get your books pirated. Go through the proper channel like Booksprout or Netgalley.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
Please check out my books! Give this newbie a chance!
I really hope to write full-time one day. I love to interact with readers. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or like my facebook page. I’m also a tea fanatic and I write tea reviews on my Instagram.