Next Urban Mythic author under the spotlight is the fabulous Joyce Chng!
Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to write.
I am Singaporean, married with two girls. I like to read, cook and
garden. And I like to write. I tend to write science fiction and
fantasy, a bit on the social aspect – as in looking at the relationships
and nuances in society. I also write YA and urban fantasy.
What was it that inspired “Dragon-Form Witch”?
Teenagers. Kids who are different growing up in Singapore. The
Chinese dragons in the story are part of the Myriad, a name for all the
non-human groups. Also, familial relationships and obligations, things
we sometimes find it hard to run away from.
How urban do you like your fantasy and who are your must-read authors?
As urban as it can be. I live in a highly urbanized
environment, but I like to weave fantasy in to it, that magic can
co-exist beside the mundanity of the business district or suburbia.
Must-read author: Charles de Lint.
You’ve written about Chinese werewolves and dragons among many others – how deeply does myth and folklore influence your work?
Deeply, I think. I grew up with Chinese myths and legends. I
mean, there is a lady who flew to the moon. There is also the Journey to
the West. There are fox ladies and spider demons. Likewise, where I am,
we have other things like the Garuda, the Naga, the orang bunian and
What are you up to next?
My YA science fiction novel Rider will be published by this
year (2013). Another urban fantasy novel is slated for next – I need to
get to the edits! And a couple of shorts in anthologies, including We See a Different Frontier.
[Born in Singapore but a global citizen, Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction (SFF) and YA fiction. She likes steampunk and tales of transformation/transfiguration. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, The Ayam Curtain and Crossed Genres. She can be found at A Wolf’s Tale ]