Nghịch Tửs debut fantasy thriller novel has been translated by Việt H. Nguyễn, and is now available on Amazon. Here is a synopsis:
Vũ Thanh is a typical girl, smart and cynical, born and raised in the countryside of Vietnam. Ever since the Government opened an industrial park near her village, things have been changing, for better and for worse. For Vũ Thanh, however, it has mostly been “for worse”…
Nearly two years ago, she left her village to go to University in the big city. Now, she’s returning to celebrate Lunar New Year with her family.
On the bus, the young girl met Điền Mục, a weirdo whom she suspected of being a con man but couldn’t quite decide for sure.
As she found her way home, Vũ Thanh found her village not quite what she remembered, and Điền Mục, the peculiar young man from the bus, seemed to be right at the center of everything.
Is he truly who he said he was and there to help her? Or is he actually the mastermind behind it all?
Will Vũ Thanh trust the right person, or will she end up paying the ultimate price for her cynicism? Find out by joining Vũ Thanh on her thrilling adventure as she dives headfirst into a land full of myths, curses, spirits, and black magic!!!
This book is the first installment of the Half-Alive Series, and a Fantasy Thriller in genre. As such, it contains some violence, gore, as well as disturbing elements taken from Vietnamese (and perhaps other Asian) culture, folklore, and fairytales. Reader discretion is advised.
Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?
I always consider myself to be a bit of an introvert. Going about, establishing new contacts, and interacting with people are, most of the time, really tiresome for me. For pretty much all of my time on earth, sinking back into my own thought and dwelling in various possibilities of the fictional world rushing through my imagination have been more enjoyable than socializing, it’s almost like a kind of comfort food to me. Later in life, I learnt that expressing myself through novels and stories was also an option, so I became an author.
You can travel back in time. Will you go back (1) 10 years OR (2) 25 years?
Interesting question. Among the two options presented, 10 years would be better, as 25 years ago I haven’t even been born yet. With that said, somewhere between that two option to relive my childhood innocence is more appealing. But then, if I do have the ability to time travel… what’s stopping me from going even further back in time? You see, I’m a bit of a history / paleontology fanatic, and traveling back in time would be a golden opportunity to see all the epic occurrences the past has to offer. On a side note, the history of my country is a bit incomplete, both by external and internal reasons, and having this kind of power sparks my curiosity even further.
Time traveling for you!
Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?
A night owl for sure. Not that I didn’t know staying up late and go to bed on the wrong time is bad. It’s just that I’m highly more productive after mid night. Both my creativity and my emotions seem to receive a boost after the clock struck twelve. So well, can’t really help it.
Great reason to be a night owl!
Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?
I write only when the mood takes me, as I strongly believe that art can’t be rushed. Every time I had forced myself to comply to a deadline, the resulted pages were in way worse conditions than what I can usually manage to produce under the right condition and in the right mood. So, I’d rather delete them and start over than handing them out to my readers. They deserve the best – not in the world, mind you, I’m not that good – but the best of my capabilities at least. It’s for this reason that I’m slowly turning into a nocturnal opossum.
You prefer to watch (1) a sunrise OR (2) a sunset?
I don’t absolutely favor one over the other. To me, it depends more on the occasion and what I am feeling or need to feel at the time. Watching the sun set makes me emotional, but the rising sun motivated me more. At this specific point in life though, I prefer the sun rise. As a new author, I very much need every bit of motivation I can muster.
Motivating sunrises for you!
Thanks for being interviewed, Nghịch!