seiko usui is a self-proclaimed social observer who uses alcohol, writing, chainsmoking and music as a way of escape from the dull one-horse towns of Baguio and La Trinidad located in northern part of the Philippines; the only region where people dress up for a tropical winter.
Currently dreading on law school as a last option for a career, she lingers on different bar counters on her off days discussing the universe to professional drunks and impressing potential flings.
Often loud and hypocritical, her main influences jump from Haruki Murakami to Leo Tolstoy, Maeve Binchy, Irvine Welsh and George Orwell. A proclaimed music aficionado, her works are influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and the rest of Britpop and is a devout follower of the late Hideto Matsumoto.
She believes she'll be an alpaca trainer by age 55.
Describe your desk
It's fairly messy. I would say it just accumulates stuff from time to time and when it does fill up to a level I can no longer tolerate that's when I start clearing it up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very rural area in the North of the Philippines. The area is known for its seclusion since it's a mountain region. So pretty much growing up was rather different. I grew up with this sense of isolation since I was from a mixed ethnic breed who couldn't communicate well and I was raised middle class struggling with depression and bullying in a first class school. This sense of isolation got me further into exploring into my thoughts for my entertainment and relief. And I think that's what got me into writing at an early age. I needed to write to further express myself in a different way in an attempt to make myself feel better about things. Writing for me was an escape, a portal to infinite worlds and up until today, it is always interesting to be transported in various worlds in a matter of a few words.