The Next Big Thing meme.

It’s going around. Was tagged by Graham Storrs, Aliette de Bodard and Bryan Thao Worra. 😉

1) What is the working title of your next book?
Heart of Fire. It is the third book of my urban fantasy series set in Singapore.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
As it is set in Singapore, ideas are drawn from the many cultures and traditions, especially the Chinese. I also draw from character observation (people-watching helps, a lot).
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Urban fantasy.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
My main character – Jan Xu – would be portrayed by either Grace Park or Ming-Na Wen. But of course, I would find a Singaporean actress to portray her.
The drake lord – Kevin Sutherland – would be fleshed out perfectly by Daniel Craig.
(I can dream on and on, can’t I?…)
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Jan Xu defeats her inner demons and pulls herself together to protect her pack against old and new enemies.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Not self-published nor represented by an agency.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A year.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Charles de Lint?
It’s not your typical urban fantasy novel with the heroine getting it on with the hero (or villain). So, to be honest, I couldn’t find any books to compare the book to.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Singapore. And the wish to read something I could connect with.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Chinese traditions. An unique wolf-shifter culture. Something different from US-centric tropes. Something I want to resonate with.

I am tagging Joelyn Alexandra, Lina Salleh, and J. Y. Yang (who passed it to Sarah Coldheart). You are next, guys! *evil laugh*

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