The interdimensional universe is always restless with battles to fight and quests to complete. But even in the midst of magical wars, strange happenings in small towns, or disturbances in the spirit realm, we can't stop rooting for love to trump all. Transcending space and time, we talk to these authors about how otherworldy chaos can redefine our idea of a love story and prove that love truly knows no bounds, even if you’re worlds apart.
This programme is part of the Spotlight on Asian-American Authors and is made possible with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
Emily X.R. Pan is the NY Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and Walter Honor Award. It was also a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Her latest novel, An Arrow To The Moon, was also an instant bestseller and nominated for multiple awards. Emily teaches in the graduate programs at The New School and VCFA.
Find her online: @exrpan.
Thea is an author of speculative fiction currently based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a specialisation in International Politics and Peace Studies. Her debut novel The Hurricane Wars published in October 2023 from HarperCollins, and she also has a short story out in Random House World's August 2023 Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi. She can be found on X, Instagram, and TikTok at @theagwrites.
Gina Chew is a storyteller based in Singapore. Her day job involves writing for the screen, and Afterlife: The Boy Next Realm marks her first foray into the world of graphic novels. Her interests include exploring the ways we are tied to memory and tradition, needlessly complicated board games, and sleeping in.
Charlene Shepherdson is an interdisciplinary writer based in Singapore who creates experiences using visual text, interactive narratives and historical archives.
The breadth of their practice spans poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art installations and social sculptures with a deep focus on the ideas that exist in the in-betweens. In this nebulous space, they facilitate communities and hold space for them to share their stories—to reclaim, reframe and reimagine their realities. charshep.com