Elliot Tan Zi Yu was born and raised in Singapore. When he’s not spending time overthinking, you can find him consuming media exploring the melancholy of humans and bonds that tie them together.
Elliot first discovered his love for storytelling in the classroom. He has contributed to informative blogs and Instagram captions for a floral shop, and continued writing in his own time (but has always kept his work to himself). ‘Why Do I Hide My Mother and Her Family’ is Elliot’s first story to be published.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Probably George Orwell, so I can complain to him about capitalism and he can do the same.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realise it only happens a few times.’ − Celine in Before Sunset.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Sadly, I don’t usually re-read books because if I did, I’d never be able to catch up to my To-Be-Read list because of how slow of a reader I am.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The power of ignorance… people don’t have to always know everything!
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: The thought of my future self keeps me going.
We’re nearing the end of the academic year. The collective rumble of chairs being lifted above the ground reverberates around the school as the sound of chatter slowly crowds the air. Students throng along the corridor, making their way to their classes before the next bell rings. In the classroom, buzzing conversations about vacation spots …