Interview with Anna Tan

Who are your favorite authors?
CS Lewis rates high on the list of authors I will always love.
Robin Hobb and Frances Hardinge are on the list of current favourites, along with probably David Gemmell and Terry Pratchett. Diana Wynne Jones? Maybe Neil Gaiman, though not always. There are just too many to list.
Tolkien would have once made the list, but my reading tastes have changed somewhat.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to use the washroom and eat something.
Oh, you said inspired, not "made".
Tea. Nando's. Books. Tomyam. Not always in that order.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read.
I roll about in bed convincing myself it's time to get up.
I make long lists of things I'm supposed to do and set deadlines that I always miss.
I hallucinate about the day I'll actually clean up my room.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Urgh, I once subscribed myself to a few book mailing lists, so I get a lot of recommendations from Bookbub and SweetFreeBooks.
Other than that, I get recommendations from mailing lists (see a trend here?) of authors I know from Twitter, Facebook, Nanowrimo, writing groups, reviewing groups.
I also find stuff on Edelweiss and NetGalley.
Sometimes, people even randomly email me to ask me to review their books!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I went on a trip to Narnia.
No, I don't have it anymore.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy. Epic fantasy. Space opera. Time travel. Sword and Sorcery. Medieval Fantasy. Young Adult Fantasy. Asian Fiction. Stuff with dragons. Fairy tales. Short stories.
Stuff. =)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oh definitely the kindle! I've had my head bashed in too many times by the iPad, besides being blinded by the light.
Anyone want to sponsor a kobo e-reader so I can make a comparison?
Describe your desk
It... has stuff.
What are you working on next?
A novel. Definitely a novel.
Unless I start working on another short story, then a short story.
Why are you so evasive?
Well, mostly because I'm not a very neat, organised, coordinated, calm, cool person.
So. What I don't tell you, you can't call me out for.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

The Painted Hall Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A curse binds the City of Winter and the Dragon's prophecy holds the key to breaking it. But will a poor fisherman from the South have the means to fulfil the prophecy? Or will the foreignness of the North itself repel him and his efforts? The Painted Hall Collection is a series of four short, old-school fairy-tales designed to open your eyes to wonder. *BONUS SHORT STORY* Shattered Memories
A Still, Small Voice
Series: The Painted Hall Collection, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On her eighteenth birthday, Hono is to be crowned Queen of the City of Winter but the Dragon disrupts the coronation ceremony with a peculiar cry: Listen. Listen. Listen! There is one more task to free the City of Winter of all enchantment—and Hono must listen carefully for it.
Beneath the Rumbling Earth
Series: The Painted Hall Collection, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The curse should have been broken now that the King of Winter's spirit has been released from the castle. But the Dragon has yet another prophecy, and the creatures in Painted Hall have finally found their voices. Beneath the Rumbling Earth (North #3) brings you back to the City of Winter and into its hidden fiery depths.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,070. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Dongeng tells the story of Sara and Helmi’s awakening to magic in their own country. There’s a war to protect Alam Dongeng, helmed by the Orang Bunian and Garuda. But are the ranks of Hantu really their enemies? They may very well be fighting the wrong battle. A sequel to Coexist, Dongeng draws you into a whole new realm of fairy tales.
The Flame of the North
Series: The Painted Hall Collection, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Ten-year-old Mica hates the cold. Yet he’s bound by duty—and prophecy—to rule over the City of Winter as his grandfather’s heir. All signs seem to indicate that something is wrong and the reappearance of the Yuki-Onna in the Painted Hall is an additional worrisome detail… The Flame of the North (North #2) follows Danis & Hana’s son as he attempts to fulfil the last portion of Dragon’s Prophecy.
Anna's A to Z of Worship Leading
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy, Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
Anna's A to Z of Worship Leading is a compilation of Anna's thoughts and reflections on being on the worship team and worship leading. Written in short sound-bites, it aims to encourage all worship leaders and inspire you to continually seek for a deeper revelation of God in your worship and in your church.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,350. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When she is caught in an unexpected rainstorm on her way home, Jane ignores all the warnings and seeks shelter in a cottage in the middle of the forest. Soon, she is caught up in a world of magic and beauty – and in the storm of the Fairy Queen’s wrath. A tale of magic, fairy creatures and family, Coexist is a novella for the young and the young at heart.
When Winds Blow Cold
Series: The Painted Hall Collection, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Go north, little human. Go north until the winds blow cold and you walk on water. Go north, and there you will find her. With the Dragon's prophecy ringing in his ears, Danis travels from town to town, seeking a wife. But at every stop, he is turned away, until he enters the City of Winter itself...