Interview with Giok Ping Ang,
Author of 10276 in Two Months
Questions by R. Murry
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I grew up in Singapore but have lived in the US for quite a number of years. I consider myself a hybrid of east and west in terms of how I think, my values and my taste for many things such as food, art and music. Two distinctly different languages flow through my mind when I think. It is strange and kind of hard to explain. Both languages are fighting for the right word when I think about something, and there’s an instant interpreting process going on in my brain.
Do you remember the first story you wrote?
It is about a girl’s journey through the Sino-Japanese war in the thirties, her suffering and her fight for survival. I intend to change the point of view and rewrite the story so it is yet to be published.
Were you inspired by someone or something?
It is about my own heritage and my parents’. It has a backdrop of China in the pre-communist’s warlord era.
What do you like about writing a story?
The exciting journey of the mind is something words can’t quite describe which is ironic for I live in words. It is akin to reading a good book except in this case you are creating it and have the freedom to let it loose and go in any direction that pleases you.
Can you tell us about your book?
My published book is a Romance about a very tormenting love affair between two lonely writers who met on Facebook. It is full of surprises and contradictions and has high-voltage intensity. It has a mature content and is unsuitable for readers below 18. The book is entitled “10276 In Two Months”. That’s the number of messages they communicated. The story carries a strong message and I have intended for the readers to be moved by it and think about its meaning.
What genre best fits for the book?
Internet Romance New-age romance Facebook romance.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
I’m trying my hands on a psychological thriller, and a compilation of short stories, also in the thriller genre.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Look at and think about yourself as a writer. Do not be uncertain about who you are for if you don’t believe you are one no one would. It is hard work and once you set your mind to be a writer you must take it seriously.
Where can people go to read your work?
Amazon, kindle, paperback and hard cover, it is also at Kobo, Nook and most sites.
Do you have anything to add?
Not really, except, thank you very much for the interview Roy. I hope to learn and improve as a writer through feed backs on my book and active interactions with other writers and to develop my own voice, slowly gain an audience for my writing.