What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a few projects on the go! I’m working on a dystopian science fiction novel series, a non-fiction social commentary, as well as university assignments – I am studying for a BA at the University of Auckland, majoring in English. I also have ideas for a second novel series as well as more non-fiction projects…
What are your writing aspirations?
I am aiming to get my dystopian science fiction series published. I would also love to make them into films one day! I also have ideas for comics, music, perhaps even art, set in the same universe, and non-fiction books which reflect the themes represented in this world. With my non-fiction social commentary, I hope to inform, educate, and hopefully inspire people to aspire to change!
What do you love about working at the Writers’ Cafe?
I love that I get to promote writing to people aspiring to break away from the rat race, to embrace the audacity of taking a risk in life, and to inspire people to pour their heart and soul into writing, which is a very cathartic experience.
What’s your best piece of writing advice?
I have three!
- Read everything you gravitate to!
- Writing is both a science and an art, and the science bit can be harder to discern and apply, so if you’re able to take a writing course or study writing, this can be really helpful.
- Remember that failure in some parts of life paves the way to future success, because it encourages you to re-evaluate what you desire.
Which authors do you admire?
David Wingrove, who wrote the science fantasy masterpiece of the Chung Kuo series. This is both engrossing and thought provoking – a true example of art. Think Songs of Ice and Fire, but in a science fantasy setting where the Chinese have conquered the world. Isaac Asimov, who not only wrote science fiction, but in almost every category possible in the Dewey decimal index. His Foundation series is a hallmark of science fiction. Terry Pratchett – the prolific writer of his own universe, writing in mockery of outright seriousness. I was lucky enough to meet him on several occasions before his passing away.