Anna Tan

Biography

Armed with a laptop, Anna Tan loves to set words to the screen, having eschewed the difficulties of working with pen (or pencil) and paper (they're never around when needed). Her short stories have been included in two anthologies, "Letters to my Ten Year Old Self" and "Campaigner Challenges 2011". In September 2012, she published her debut flash fiction collection "Stories from A Place to Call Home”. Anna edited an anthology of short stories, titled "Love in Penang", which was published by Fixi Novo in November 2013.

Libretto credits include "Star of Persia" produced by FGA in 2003 and "A Place to Call Home" produced by PCC in 2012.

In real life, Anna Tan ACCA, C.A.(M) makes a living by annoying other bean counters by sniffing out their dirty sox.

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Books

Stories From A Place To Call Home
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Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(4.50)
Orphaned at twelve, Daniel has often prayed for God to grant him a new family. Two years later, his prayer is miraculously answered. Emily Lee, grieving over the untimely loss of her son Matthew, has persuaded her husband to let her adopt a boy to fill the void in her heart. This e-book compiles flash fiction written in conjunction with the musical, A Place To Call Home.

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Smashwords book reviews by Anna Tan

  • A to Z Stories of Life and Death on Sep. 05, 2011

    Birthed out of a month-long blogfest, D. Biswas’ A to Z Stories of Life and Death presents 26 short stories organised according to the letters in the alphabet. Beginning with the innocence and wonder of a child finding snails in her Aquarium and ending with a fiery funeral pyre in Zone, the stories run the gamut from love, murder, sex, abuse, addiction, myth, sickness and mourning - all revolving around the issues of life and death. Majority of the stories are very poignant vignettes focusing on slices of life, with several longer flash fiction in between. Reading them makes you feel as if you are collecting memories from various sources and trying them on for size. Each story has its own personal twist - the endings are never quite what you expect - and most would leave you with a tear in your eye. What I like about Biswas’ writing is the descriptive way she writes, which helps put you right in the middle of the scene. She is very good at invoking emotions and making you feel the story without a sense of detachment.
  • Sept-Iles and other places on Oct. 12, 2011

    I've been following Donna Carrick on twitter for a while now and leapt at the chance to pick up this book of short stories free on Smashwords. I'm glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. Each story is gripping, delving deep into the psyches of her young protagonists. One thing I did have trouble with was keeping the stories separate, as all of them were written in first person, often by a young girl, and many have similar backgrounds, such as an abusive father and/or a younger sister, so I had to stop in between each story to remind myself that it was a new set of characters. You probably will not face this problem if you don't read it all in one sitting as I did.
  • Letters to My Ten Year Old Self on Oct. 16, 2011

    I enjoyed all the entries - each had a very unique voice. Am also very priviledged to have been able to contribute. Good job, Nina and Drew!
  • Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1) on Dec. 17, 2011

    Reza Gard, an orphan from House 48, is captured by the Kreelans, a race of female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, as part of a grand experiment to discover if humans have souls. Immersed in the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza forms a new Kreelan identity in his struggle to survive, slowly gaining the grudging acceptance of his captors. However, time is running out and Reza must prove that he has a soul or be killed after his seventh and final Challenge. The book started off pretty slow - whilst much of this back story is important to the novel as a whole, most of these could probably have been dealt with as a flashback within the story proper. As it was, the first few chapters dealing with Reza’s life as a human felt rather like a prolonged prologue, with the real ‘meat’ only starting with his wary dealings with his guard and tresh, Esah-Zhurah. Despite the rocky start, I was captured by Hick’s writing as he navigated the fragile teen through the complex, rigid, and unforgiving Kreelan society. Within the 491 pages (on iBooks), he fleshes out realistically a harsh and yet beautiful world, a culture so alien from our own - one trying to survive an ancient curse and pursuing release through an ancient prophecy. This is a story of a boy growing into manhood on a world not his own, a society that doesn’t understand or accept him, and how he survives through sheer determination, grit, and guts. This is also a story of learning to understand different cultures, not just by knowing the way they do things, but to understand the reasons behind them. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, Confederation.
  • The Backworlds on May 14, 2012

    Run out of house and town by the Verkinn council elders at the instigation of his father, twenty-year-old Craze sets off to Elstwhere in search of his fortune. Craze soon falls in with two aviarmen, Lepsi - who’s trying to trump his brother Frederoy, and Talos - determined to establish a trade route in honour of his mother, in search of a new home. Their crazy new partnership leads them to adventure, dangerous places, and lots of money, or so they hope. M. Pax writes with stunning imagery, creating a wonderful world of different species, bio-engineered humans and space travel. Her characters are vivid and varied, emerging fully-formed in your imagination. Her writing style is breezy and easy to read.
  • The Backworlds on May 14, 2012

    Run out of house and town by the Verkinn council elders at the instigation of his father, twenty-year-old Craze sets off to Elstwhere in search of his fortune. Craze soon falls in with two aviarmen, Lepsi - who’s trying to trump his brother Frederoy, and Talos - determined to establish a trade route in honour of his mother, in search of a new home. Their crazy new partnership leads them to adventure, dangerous places, and lots of money, or so they hope. M. Pax writes with stunning imagery, creating a wonderful world of different species, bio-engineered humans and space travel. Her characters are vivid and varied, emerging fully-formed in your imagination. Her writing style is breezy and easy to read.
  • Linehan's Trip on Nov. 15, 2012

    Picked this up and read it over dinner. It was a nicely written short story that introduces the reader to Padania. Half of the book is actually the first chapter (preview) of Murphy's full length novel, "Goodbye, Padania".
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins on Nov. 15, 2012

    Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins is a trilogy (Freeground, Limbo, Starfree Port) about Captain Jonas Valent and the crew of First Light. Caught for hacking into Freeground military simulations (and beating them silly) Jason Valent and his crew are offered two options: participate in a high-stakes simulation and win or face court martial for breach of security. The trilogy is filled with high-stakes space battles, hyper space flight, betrayals, rescues, secret missions and a blossoming love story between Captain Jason Valent and his Chief Engineer Ayan Rice. I enjoyed reading it, despite some clunky sentences and dialogues here and there. It's space opera at one of its best and Lalonde has created believable characters who evolve with the story, drawing the reader to love and care for them... and hope they survive.
  • Urchin King on Nov. 15, 2012

    In a world where being the younger twin of a noble means being put to death, Paul shouldn't be alive. But his twin Rupert is mentally handicapped and his royal parents need a miracle. Thrust suddenly into court life from his life on the streets, Paul must successfully pose as the miraculously healed Crown Prince or face his belated execution. Complications soon arise when his father, King Albert is captured by a vengeful sorcerer. Urchin King is a fantasy story loosely based on The Prince and the Pauper, with many twists and turns of a magical nature. I found the story line interesting and intriguing and it was unique and complex enough not to sound like a simple rehashing of an old tale. Gerlach obviously has a fine sense of story and plot, and the novel was exciting, filled with many adventures that drive the story on. That said, I'm torn between giving this book a three or a four star rating due to the inadequacies of the writing itself. I felt that many of the chapters were short and could have been further expanded upon. As it was, there was a feeling, not quite of urgency, but more of being rushed through the story to the end instead of being allowed to linger in the words and on the page. Well, with a 3.5 star rating, we were always taught to round up. :)
  • A People's Politics on Feb. 17, 2013

    "The people are the nation. The nation is its people. Its people as a whole must thrive, and be cared for." For me, this was the heart behind the book. For someone who is really rather too lazy to think about the political arena and too annoyed to get into debates about it, this was a good read. It relates in easy, understandable language about what politics is, the situation in Malaysia at this point of time, and what we as individuals can do about it. I would suggest reading this if you are a first time voter, if you really can't understand what all the fuss is about on facebook and twitter and the interwebs, or if you just want to know why you should care instead of just migrating.
  • Domestic Disturbance on March 20, 2013

    A quick, interesting read.
  • Fractured Neverland: We Are The Pickwicks on July 27, 2013

    I found We Are the Pickwicks highly entertaining. It's a great short read with an unexpected ending. Loved the illustrations too :)
  • Plantgirl on July 27, 2013

    AWWWWWWWW :) *Sho shweet* In other words, cute, sweet, makes you feel warmish and fuzzyish.
  • Mannequin: A Short Story on March 04, 2014

    Picked this up since I've been following Susan on twitter for a while. A very well-written and interesting short story.
  • The Key on May 12, 2014

    Seventeen-year-old peasant Rema should be happy - the Crown Prince has picked her to be his wife. The problem is she hates his cruel guts, was blackmailed into submitting to his proposal, and she may be in love with his brother, Prince Darmik. Prince Darmik can't help thinking about that girl he met in the forest - but he's too busy trying to quash the rumour that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. The Key has all the ingredients to a fascinating read - a budding but thwarted romance, deadly sibling rivalry to overcome and a mystery to be unravelled. Jennifer Anne Davis weaves all this together into a wonderful tapestry of words that keeps you wanting more.