Janet Tan, born and raised in the exotic, jungle-covered peninsula of west Malaysia, is a post-graduate student of accounting and management living in Adelaide, Australia. If pressed, she couldn’t tell you how old she was when she first held a book in her hands but ever since she was taught to read, her “full-on European nose” could be found buried in a book.
In her formative years, she grew up in a high-rise apartment. Other kids would be downstairs running around with their friends, playing and shouting and being children in general while she’d be sitting indoors reading yet another new book. It wasn’t that she was anti-social; being their only child and hard to come by, her parents just preferred that she was safe within their sight. Yes, she was brought up to be seen and not heard, to only speak when spoken to, and her mother – bless her soul – was not one to spare the rod when absolutely necessary. That is not to say that she doesn’t appreciate how she spent her time. Her childhood was a mishmash of adventures in strange lands and fictional planets, thanks to her local library.
Enid Blyton was her favourite author when she was younger. Her work sparked Janet’s imagination as a child. She started writing her own stories in her early teens and has never stopped since. She always knew she had a gift for words and languages because she is her father’s daughter. He is a veritable Jack-of-all-trades, having worked in many industries throughout his life. He has been an interpreter, a teacher, a writer and many more other things.
Janet finds that she expresses herself best through the written word and it is on paper that she’s most verbose and communicative. When it comes to things that she cannot bring herself to tell someone, she writes it down and that part of her, the emotions that she’s experiencing at the time, are then validated. To her, the art of writing is the greatest gift she was ever given.
And now from the author herself:
I am 23 (soon to be 24 this year), I don’t have a tragic life story to tell and maybe that’s okay. Maybe you can accept that. Some people say you need to have experienced suffering and pain to be able to write about it. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Empathy is a great connector between you and a stranger walking down the street. What links me to my writing is the range of emotions I pour into each piece as I work on them. Every story, every poem I write, magnifies certain beliefs of mine. True, I am but young, but everybody is multi-faceted. I believe it would not be right to dismiss a person’s abilities purely because of their age. After all, Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon at age 15.
Over the past few years I have had some ideas and half-baked storylines come to me at random moments. I’ve turned some of them into poems, short stories and even expanded several into half-written novels. My greatest challenge is not a lack of inspiration but rather the perseverance to finish what I started. Fortunately for me, the desire to see my name on the cover of a book overrides my lack of tenacity.
After taking a six-month creative writing course two years ago, I decided that I wanted to write something in the contemporary genre. I experimented with a few ideas but none of them seemed quite right. It was after I met my now close friend and trainer that I landed on the perfect storyline. I wanted to share some of his past with the world but I didn’t want to write a biography (that might come later). I incorporated the little details that identify him perfectly into one of my favourite characters, Victor Price. Victor is his own person but there’s enough of my friend in him that one will always remind me of the other. In some ways, this book I’m working on is my baby and I know that when it’s done, it will always be my greatest achievement.
Visit my blog for more insight into my mind and for updates on what I’m working on: http://witchdoctress.wordpress.com.
You can find more about Janet and her writing via…
- Blog: http://witchdoctress.wordpress.com
- Poetry collection ‘On The Edge of Consciousness’: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CCYPDPY and http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CCYPDPY
And now more about ‘On The Edge of Consciousness’:
How does it feel to writhe in your bed, thinking of a lost love, to contemplate your place in nature atop a cliff and to be transported into the night, where the world ends and adventure begins?
Forced by fate to rebel against convention, stalking the echoes of your own footsteps as you worship phoniness above all and melt into the crowd … on the edge of consciousness.
An eclectic mix of poems on love, loss, fear, nature, urbanism, globalism and mother nature.
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