I'm Sonia, a Singaporean-born writer based in Sydney. I live with my significant other (pseudonymously known as Dr Alec Mercer), my daughter, Gooseberry the cat, and an assortment of frogs named after famous Quidditch teams (RIP Harpy - gone but not forgotten).
When I'm not at my day job (which I love), you can find me writing, talking about writing, writing about writing, or reading other people's writing. I love stories in all forms and am in the process of writing a three-part novel series, The Sojourners, a New Adult, science-fiction romance set in Sydney.
This website was created to provide me with a space to talk about all of my writing - fan fiction and original. For the longest time, these two parts of my life have been separate, for a variety of reasons. I'm proud and privileged to have been so supported and nurtured in my writing, via fandom. It means a great deal to me to be able to connect these two parts of my creative writing whole.
Those who know me have long since resigned themselves to my love of malarkey, shenanigans and general tomfoolery not becoming of someone my age. I enjoy reading and writing across genres, but I tend towards speculative fiction, fantasy, romance and horror. Humour is another important component of my writing, or at least that's the aim. My favourite writer is Sir Terry Pratchett. I spent most of my 20s on the Discworld and it probably shows. I also love manga and anime.
Oh, and one more thing before you proceed any further:
I write for adults (18+). Not exclusively, but predominantly. This is a shame free, judgment free, stigma-be-damned, kink-friendly, safe zone. If romance, sex and moody, world-burning antiheroes who suffer from vulnerability anaphylaxis are NOT your cup of tea, then my writing is probably not for you. If you happen to be my ex-mother-in-law, then my writing is most definitely not for you.
I have an excellent time writing male protagonists who are, as Thomas Babington Macauley, described:
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About the art & music on this page
Images are obtained from publicly accessible museum digital archives:
Dollhouse - Oortman family, maker unknown, Amsterdam, late 1600s - early 1700s.
Bust - Head of a Young Woman' marble sculpture, Antonio Rossellino (1425 - c. 1450)
Background texture - Back cover of a picture book, 'Memories of Nagasaki', published by Yamatoya Yuhei, Japan, 1847.
Picture frame - Portrait of a Woman, miniature painting, artist unknown, Netherlands, 1790.
Woman/Skull artwork - Bust of a Half Skeleton and Half Young Woman, artist unknown, etching on paper, France 1615 - 1664.
Portrait of William II, King of the Netherlands - Jan Adam Kruseman (1804–1862)