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Kylie Chan

Kylie ChanHi, this is Nalini Haynes, your host on Dark Matter Zine‘s ‘Into the Limelight’ series. Today I’m shining the limelight on Kylie Chan (pictured left).

This interview is available as a podcast (above or on iTunes) and as a video (below).

Kylie married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived with him in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture. When she left her husband she moved back to Australia. After quitting her IT consultancy in Hong Kong, she took up writing fantasy. Now, 3 doorstopping trilogies later, she’s talking to Dark Matter Zine.

Planned interview questions

You’re a white Australian with an unusual penchant for writing books based on Chinese mythology. How did you fall down this rabbit hole?

Tell us about your Dark Heavens series and Black Jade, the final book.

In 2014 you were studying, holding down a day job and writing. How did you manage to bring all these threads together to create a net and not drop the ball?

What were you studying at the University of Queensland?

You’ve heard people say fantasy books are too indulgent. What would you like to say back to them?

What is the last book you read?

Who are your favorite female characters in any medium?

Who are your favourite male characters?

What plotlines do you want to see more of?

If you were in mortal danger, which fictional character would you want to come to your rescue?

Two years ago you said that you were for more characters and storylines being introduced to The Hobbit; now the trilogy is complete, what do you think of the end product?

What’s next now you’ve finished the Dark Heavens series?

Kylie can be found at her website, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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