How long have you been writing for?
Cinthia: I've been writing since I was six. I wrote a few novels in high school but they were only read by my friends. I started writing The Scarlet Omen in 2003--just after my mum passed away and after a few years was finally ready to explore the literary world in all it's glory.
How many books have you written *officially*?
Cinthia: The official count is three, with one of them having been published and the others are waiting their turn. One of them is the sequel and another the prequel to The Scarlet Omen.
Is your new novel, The Scarlet Omen, your first book?
Cinthia: My first published book, yes. My first novel was a ghost story that took place in a boarding school. I wrote it about 15 years ago and have no idea where the draft is :)
How long did it take you to write it? What was the inspiration for it?
Cinthia: It took me three years to write this novel. I went through a long editing process afterwards--till I thought it was ready for pitching.
I grew up in Malaysia; a country full of myth and legend. I've always loved fantasy stories and I thought using the Asian angle to write a paranormal fantasy for young adults would be something new and interesting for readers.
The Scarlet Omen (Book #1)