Would you like to tell me about yourself in 3 words?
I love people.
What brought you to Australia?
My allergy to China, I took the first available escape opportunity and it turned out to be a great blessing.
What was your childhood like and what was the fondest memory?
I was well loved and raised by a village, a lonely child though, enjoyed watching the world and people go about their lives.
Laying in bed next to my great grandmother and listening to her sharing stories of her life.
How is your logic vs creativity?
I was only ever good at Chinese literature and English subjects at school. Did I even answer your question?
At what point you decided to write?
I started writing again when I was floating in life and feeling I was ok to die then and there with no regret. For some people it may sound I was content and lived a satisfying life. To me though, that was like I had nothing to look forward to in life. I didn’t even have a bucket list, not for the reason I had done it all. It was for the exact opposite reason which was I had nothing kept me living on.
In a strange way, I came to the end of myself then something reminded me of my writer dream. I started to follow my dream and I became alive again.
Who are your muses?
I love people. My friends, family, colleagues, clients, characters from books or movies are my constant source of inspiration. And my significant others too, be current or history.
What do you consider your greatest achievement and failure so far?
Em… I cannot see either without lying.
What is your plan for your writing future?
I have none. I just write to keep myself alive. I do have a writing mentor which is a dear friend of mine. He has been encouraging me for years to pursuit excellence. He saw me living a self fulfilling prophecy life. I was determined to be invisible and a second best. I had lived that life for a long time and it finally killed me.
My mentor has been giving me different writing tasks to challenge myself, to not allowing myself to be comfortable. He said I have this reaction when confronted by a difficult task, I bang my head on the table. He would tell me that is exactly I need to do and that is the exact thing I am good at but dreading to do. He is my mentor for a good reason. I am not super intelligent but I am smart enough to follow his advice.
Why do you want to post this Q&A?
I have people asked me similar questions. But for most I would like to be heard and understood.