Meet the Author: Wena Poon

I spent the day at The Arts House at various panels, one of which was the Meet the Author: Wena Poon at the Blue Room! I was with Sarah, (the other) Raven and Nerwen.

A bit more on Wena from her profile on the SWF website:

Wena Poon (Singapore/United States)

Born and raised in Singapore, Wena Poon graduated magna cum laude in English Literature from Harvard and later obtained a degree from Harvard Law School. She has worked as a journalist and lawyer in Hong Kong and the United States. Her first book, Lions in Winter, was listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. Within two months of its launch, the collection of short stories climbed to No. 6 in The Straits Times’ Top 10 Bestseller List for fiction (February 2008). Her second book is called The Proper Care of Foxes (2009).

Wena is a great writer and a friend. She writes serious short stories, currently published as Lions in Winter and The Proper Care of Foxes. My favorite is neither, though! She also has a series called Biophilia that has kickass heroine Imogen Parks, alternate worlds, and some really awesome talking animals.

She’s released the Biophilia Omnibus, which collects the first four Biophilia books into one hefty 730-page volume with added special features. It’s available at the temporary BooksActually  and Earshot cafe, on the second and first floor of The Arts House respectively.  There is extremely limited stock, though.

Wena reading from Biophilia

Wena reading from the Biophilia series

She read about six or seven scenes from the Biophilia Omnibus and by the end of it I was literally at the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read the Omnibus, because all the characters are so colorful and it looks to get all mythic at the end. Imogen and Kai are exactly how I expected them to sound when read aloud, which is awesome.

I should also mention that Wena is a great reader, which is actually quite unusual in a writer. I certainly can’t read my own work to save my life, and a writer who’s able to read their work out loud and with the intended impact is rare indeed.

She answered a question after that, and then we all moved to the temporary BooksActually store set up in a gallery down the hall. She signed our books and gave us an awesome post-it pad featuring Hello Kitty in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I can’t wait for the next Biophilia book, Ars Musica. I’m a big fan of Orpheus the giant talking octupus, myself :D

1 comment to Meet the Author: Wena Poon

  • Thx for the kudos RS!! I hope I don’t disappoint.

    At the Mark Waid talk yesterday he said comics were still a boys club and that men tend to be better at writing action driven plot than women who tend to focus more on character. While I agree with him that this is a generalization, I talked to him after and gave him a copy of Omnibus.

    I do not expect him to read all 750 pages but I thought it was important for him to know that WE exist and that the boys club should be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Tee hee hee!

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