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Author Interview: Anna Tan


1. Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Hungry. Tired. Distracted.

2. Can you give us a little background on your upcoming/existing/recently release book/series?

Amok is the first book in the Absolution duology. I’d summarise the series as being about magic and faith. Amok is more friendship focused, whilst there mayyyy be some romance in Absolution (book 2 – coming in 2022!)

3. Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

My planning and writing process consists of many, many rewrites. I think through the process of writing (or what people call a pants-ing) , so I usually need to write out a first draft before I can figure out if anything in the story makes sense!
That’s when I figure out what the story really IS about, then go about creating a proper outline for it… then rewrite it until it works.

4. Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Silence or instrumental. I tend to start singing along if there are words and then I get distracted and look up song lyrics instead.

5. Based on your experience, can you offer a piece of advice to budding authors?

Keep writing until you find your voice (or really, what works for you).

6. You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

Uh. I have problems remembering things anyway, I don’t need to erase them!!!!

7. Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

Terry Pratchett, Robin Hobb, Zen Cho, Susan Kaye Quinn

8. Who are your favourite book characters?

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9. Do you have any favourite magic systems?

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10. You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose?

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11. What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

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12. You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

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13. Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

Amok is written in quite a historical Nusantara-type setting, which is something I’ve been exploring recently. But a lot of my inspiration is also very much from delving into my Malaysian heritage and working out the confluences & influences of various cultures that shapes who we are today.

14. What is your favourite mythical creature?

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15. What is your favourite mythical race?

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16. You can have one superpower, what is it?

The ability to teleport myself anywhere instantly!

17. You have the ability to morph into any real creature. Which creature do you choose?

A cat? Maybe?

18. You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose

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19. You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

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20. Would you rather:

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • fly a spaceship
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • fly!
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • elf
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world?
    • hmmm travel to mythical worlds
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • can we not fight? But three goblins I guess because they feel less scary??
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • archer
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • wield elemental magic
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • floating in the clouds
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • see the future