Joyce Chng


Also writes as J. Damask

Joyce Chng lives in Singapore. Their fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF IIWe See A Different FrontierCranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS:  Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Their recent space opera novels deal with wolf clans and vineyards respectively. They also write speculative poetry with recent ones in Rambutan Literary an Uncanny Magazine. Occasionally, they wrangle article editing at Strange Horizons and Umbel & Panicle, a poetry about and for plants and botany. Alter-ego J. Damask writes about werewolves in Singapore.

You can find them at and @jolantru on Twitter.

Tell us one thing you loved or found fascinating about a place you have lived.
There is a small beach/cove in Western Australia where I studied, completely covered with shells ranging from small to palm-sized. I found it while on a drive along the coast and was completely blown away by the sheer beauty of it. To top it off, the sky was awash with the colors of evening and tinged with a rainbow.

What did you want to be when you grew up (other than a writer if that was an option)?
A fighter pilot.

Which super hero would you most like to be and why?
Beast. Furry, feral, but brainy.

It’s finally happened! The zompoc is here! Name four things in your ‘go bag’ and your primary weapon.
1. My medication.
2. Aerosol can (air refresher) & lighter.
3. A thumb-drive of my memories and things.
4. Water.
Primary weapon: my longsword.

What is your go to comfort book or writer when you can’t settle into anything new?
I have so many! Charles de Lint’s Forest of the Heart.

What is the single most important thing to your writing process?
Belief. That keeps me going.
(Or sheer grit…)

If you could collaborate with any author who would it be and what would you write together?
Gosh, I have so many I admire!
Terri Windling.
Fairies and the fae in urban settings. The magical in the mundane.