Last year, I read Beth Cato’s BREATH OF EARTH, the first book in her Blood of Earth series. Though I have a policy of not reviewing any works of fiction or even commenting about them in public, I must say I loved the read. I was also thoroughly impressed with the level of detail Beth built into her world, as well as the huge, huge fast-paced action.
Now, CALL OF FIRE, book two in the series is out!… Read More »
For years I resisted updating Wordpress, for fear stuff would break down and I’d have a heap of work. I also strongly resisted revamping this site, because … heap of work. I wanted to write novels rather than sort through code. There was a reason I didn’t major in computer science. I HATE debugging!! However, one can only resist the tide for so long.… Read More »
Despite having written and published non-fiction books and articles for real money over the years–and having people commission me to write that stuff–I never quite felt like a real writer. Even publishing a short story in an anthology didn’t help much. But now that I finally have an agent, a great one at that, I feel so much more assured as a writer.… Read More »
Sometimes I google myself to check what comes up. In case anyone out there tries hunting for me, I hope they realize not every Gwen Phua is me, even though it isn’t a common name. Most of the results do point to me, due to the large number of app reviews I’ve written in the past. Unfortunately, the top listing, the Gwen Phua on LinkedIn, is NOT me.… Read More »
On Friday, my entire site got deleted. Not by me. I’m sharing a hosting account with my dad’s company, and the web developer redoing the company website did something that got the folder containing my entire Wordpress site deleted. This was why I was very very reluctant to give them cPanel access.
It was a disaster to me. When I called the developer to complain, the guy said he’d check on it. He spent a good amount of time talking to his developer. In the meantime while I was waiting, I kept thinking, Why now? I don’t have the time to redo my entire site from scratch!… Read More »
The Dragon and the Stars has won Canada’s 2011 Prix Aurora Award in the category of Best English Related Work. Here’s a picture of the editors, Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, accepting the award. The anthology features sci-fi and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese authors living in various countries, and includes an introduction by bestselling novelist, Tess Gerritsen. Although I did not personally win anything, I’m thrilled to be a part of this anthology. You can read an excerpt of my story, Papa and Mama, which was published under a slightly different byline.… Read More »
The Dragon and the Stars, an anthology of science-fiction and fantasy stories published by DAW and edited by Eric Choi and Derwin Mak, is a finalist in the Prix Aurora Awards. My story, Papa and Mama, appears in this book (but under a slightly different byline).… Read More »