Jane Lo lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two young children. She was raised in Hong Kong and Vancouver, and holds degrees in English Literature and Religion. She is a teacher; in the past, she taught secondary school English and Religious Studies, and now teaches academic English in the university setting. She sometimes leads creative writing workshops at the university library, and focuses on encouraging students to tell their own stories through creative nonfiction. In her own time, she likes to write short stories and personal essays, and is now working on her first novel. Her writing often revolves around the issues she mulls over most – faith, parenting, marriage, in-law relationships, insecurity. Maa Maa is her first published story.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I’d love to meet John Knowles, author of A Separate Peace. The story of Gene and Phineas made such an impact on me as a high school student.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old (or eighty, if they are already seventy) filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start now, as is. “As is” is the portal to creation, to new life.’ – Anne Lamott
I love this quote; it has been a real inspiration to me on my writing journey.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Joyland by Stephen King. I’ve read it over ten times.