By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Jason Wee PixLet’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?

I think of what a school administrator once said to a young Elias Canetti; It is a chance to raise my hand, if a little too much. Don’t most writers suffer from a desire to be heard? And there is the frequent assuredness we give ourselves that our words mean something, which is another way of asking someone else to convince us of a notion we did not initially believe. I also think of the mousedeer in Sang Kancil fables, who speaks because it is what an animal would do to be free from a predator.

By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

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Tania De Rozario (Photo by Gwen Kwan)

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?

To wrestle control of my life back from myself. Also, for the occasional revenge.

Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?

I am currently working on my most recent project, and it is still under wraps! Sorry – I am a little superstitious about these things. I can give you a few key words though: Orphans, nuns, tigers and lesbians. I am probably making it sound more interesting than it actually is?!