Pro Patria Mori, flash fiction, Issue 39, June 15, 2017
Birthday? July 12
When did you start writing? When I was a child, and my parents needed to distract me with something while waiting for meals at restaurants or attending tedious grown-up dinner parties. I'm pretty sure what I had in mind was a Gameboy or something, but I wound up with a notebook instead. One makes do, you know?
When and what and where did you first get published? For free - when I was nine years old, and writing for a local kids' anthology. For payment - when I was nineteen, and ghostwriting freelance for my personal pizza-ordering fund at university. Under my own name - a couple short stories in Underground Voices and Expanded Horizons, not long after the whole "will ghostwrite for spare cash and food" endeavor.
What themes do you like to write about? Anything that strikes my mind! But having focused pretty heavily on the politics of violence and post-colonialism, first as a literature student, and now at my day job as a consulting wonk-type-person on international affairs, I find myself writing a good deal about how individual people navigate between and across different cultures or countries, and how they negotiate those relationships.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? This is the meanest question! Coming from a liberal arts background, I like reading across genres, from traditional SFF to hardcore old-school literary canon, so picking favorite writers is a lot like picking favorite foods - it all comes down to my mood in a given moment! Some favorite writers off the top of my head have included Zen Cho, Kamila Shamsie, and Ta Nehisi-Coates, among others. I think what they all have in common is a remarkable deftness for code-switching, very well-placed word wrangling, and writing wonderfully human stories that span cultures and borders.
Andrea Tang is a DC-based writer, recovering liberal arts graduate, and professional international affairs nerd. When hiding – or, excuse me, taking a break – from her writing, she enjoys martial arts, theater, and ruining beloved musicals and global politics alike by cross-referencing them constantly. Visit her at https://andreatangwrites.com/.