Quick Questions with Isabel Yap

We’re twiddling our thumbs impatiently for our next event… in the meantime, more tiny interviews with our upcoming authors!

Isabel Yap is the author of short stories that have appeared in Tor.com, Strange Horizons and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. “Windrose in Scarlet” is in the current issue of Lightspeed Magazine, and will be online on 10/17!

Come see Isabel on October 24th at Trident Books! RSVP here.

Tell us about your latest release in five words or fewer, or in one image/gif.

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What book do you wish more people knew about?

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma. It won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection this year, but I haven’t heard it talked about too much despite that. Priya’s an excellent, eerie writer–her stories have a visceral quality to them, while also being dreamlike and authentic. She has a knack for unexpected twists.

Also, The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox. It was originally published in 1998, but I only found out about it a few years ago. I was living in London then; Elizabeth came by as part of a writing festival, so I picked it up on my way to a workshop session she was hosting (I bought a ticket on the recommendation of a Twitter friend). It’s an astonishing book, beautifully written and structured, and the central relationship in it is heartbreaking, flawed, and believable.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I’m not sure if it was the first, but I’ll embarrassingly admit that I distinctly remember creating a text file with the title “The Day I Got My Period.” I was reading Judy Blume at the time, I guess? And Paula Danziger, and Ann M. Martin. It seemed to me, as a seven-year-old, the capital-t Thing to write about. I didn’t get past page one: in which the heroine woke up, ate breakfast, and boarded the car that would take her to school. I think I either bored or disgusted myself after a while, trying to write it. I do sometimes wish I still had access to my old first or second grade “stories,” if only to try and understand what was going on in my pre-pubescent brain.

Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She is currently completing her MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 she has served as the Clarion foundation secretary. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She is @visyap on Twitter.

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