Interview with Diana HC Tan

Why do you write?
I read and learn much from authors around the world, mostly from the United States and Europe. Thus I write to share knowledge.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This must be special for me because I do remember the title. It was a wannabe novel titled "Mother's Tears". I was in my early teens and I was inspired by the then-popular Taiwanese love tales. Sadly, I did not complete that planned tear-jerker. :-(
What is your writing process?
I write when inspiration hits. Sometimes it could just be short sentences and sometimes it could be a few paragraphs. In recent time I use "Springpad", an app on my devices to keep all my inspirations. These short spurts of writing later become an essay and eventually turn into a little ebook.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing knowledge on topics close to my heart is bliss to me.
What is your specialty?
I am interested in spirituality, centered and harmonious living and ageing concerns. I have published articles in a now-defunct Catholic magazine in the United States. I have also written for local parenting magazines. And I write blogs.
What have influenced your world view where spirituality is concerned?
I did all my training in spiritual direction in the United States and because of this I am able to embrace ecumenism and see a bigger God at work! I am blessed with opportunities to go on retreats and spirituality-related workshops elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region. I am also influenced by authors of spiritual books from the United States and Europe.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Thanks to the gift of openness I embrace new technologies, ebooks being one of them. I did not think I would like ebooks but with Kobo and Aldiko where highlighting and bookmarking are a breeze, I began to read ebooks. Armed with a desire to share my writing, I researched and found Smashwords. Becoming an indie author cuts the red tape of having to send proposals, or getting an agent, and the long wait for a publisher to get back.
Why do you price your ebooks so low?
I write to share knowledge. I have paid high price for books including shipping costs and I understand that not everyone can afford all the good books that are available out there. By writing these little ebooks I collate relevant information to share with people who are interested in those topics. So far most of these writing were compiled from little notes, essays and reflections that I have kept over the years. Since these were mostly ready materials, I could therefore share with interested readers at low cost.
How do you approach cover design?
I take photographs, mostly of landscapes (trees and clouds especially). So far these photos have been relevant to the ebooks that I published. It is a blessing that I could use my own photos to design the covers of my ebooks. I see it also as God's grace that I know some graphic design so making up an ebook cover is easy for me.
Will you publish print books?
I am hoping a print publisher would contact me. :-) But seriously, yes, I do desire to see my name on the cover of a printed book one day!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad and a Nexus Tab 7. I carry the latter out mostly because it is smaller and lighter. For reading ebooks, I use mostly Kobo and Aldiko. I love how these readers allow me to highlight text and dogear pages. Great stuff!
Where do you live?
I live in Singapore.
Is there something else that you want readers to know about you?
I am a life long learner. Yeah!
Published 2013-09-23.
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Books by This Author

Going on a Christian retreat in Asia Pacific
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Find frequently asked questions about retreats here. - why go on retreats - types of retreats - what to expect - which retreat is good for me - where to go - what is spiritual direction - choosing a spiritual director - retreat centres in the Asia Pacific region
Unwind In Five Days: First Steps Into Silence
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / General
The exercises in this small guide book have been developed for a general audience. This free guide is meant for beginners who are seeking ways to still the monkey mind and in so doing, get in touch with the inner self. The tools to become self-aware, to be present, are simple. Your earnestness and commitment to build this practice are all that is required.
Writing As Spiritual Practice And Therapy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
This ebook offers writing prompts and suggests what the healing process could be like. Prompts include topics such as relationships, noticing the body, befriending illness and ageing, triggers, writing from images and journaling with Scripture. One aim of this book is to empower you to write and in the process to heal. Free yourself from the inner critique that says you are not good enough.
God in the moment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Prayer
How do you recognize God or the Divine in the midst of day-to-day living? How do you connect with moments in daily life that put in touch with the core of your being? Doctors are discovering that slowing down is good for the soul and for physical health. Spiritual directors may want to suggest this book to their directees who find it hard to build a practice of stillness.