Mei Kerr was born, raised, and still lives in Singapore, where she works in retail operations, which gives her great opportunity to observe human behaviour! She travels widely with her husband, who’s from Scotland. They run marathons and see the world!
Mei started writing for fun and profit when she was seventeen, publishing a children’s novel in 1994. She started writing short fiction in 1999, after winning a second prize in a local competition. Encouraged, she kept going! She’s been published in two short story compilations by Monsoon Books, and was made writer and editor of the local Comics Association in 2005. As their scriptwriter, they have published several titles, including SupaCross, Arena and Get Carter.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Only ONE? Oh dear. I think it has to be Charlotte Bronte. Her voice as an author was the first to truly make me believe, while I read her books, that I was a different person – I became Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe, and I still do to this day. I don’t think any other author has ever used the first person ‘I’ with the same incredible intensity she was able to do.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
A: Again, this is hard! I will go with my favourite song lyrics: ‘In a burst of light that blinded every angel / As if the skies had blown the heavens into stars / I felt the gravity of tempered grace, falling into endless space’
To me, these words describe the feeling of great epiphany. They’re from Linkin Park’s song Iridescent.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Immense strength, because I’m a straightforward sort of girl. My favourite superheroes are all from overpowered Japanese manga, Dragonball Z and One Punch Man, where people fix things by hitting them hard.
DINNER ‘Happy birthday, laopo.’ Emmeline beamed, her soapy fingers trying not to drop the phone into the kitchen sink. Such tiny things, the phones these days! ‘Thank you, dear.’ ‘I’m sorry I can’t come home early this time. New boss, you know…’ ‘Of course, it’s okay. We’ll have dinner tonight.’ ‘The kids are back, …
LUNCH ‘She’ll grow up to kill you, you know.’ That was what I wanted to say, but how can you say that? Every time I see them, and smile at that poor little girl, and she tries to smile back at me, I want to seize her mother and shake her, slap her, shout …
BREAKFAST ‘Well, my dear, I suppose that’s the only promise you couldn’t keep.’ I shut off the alarm clock and draw the curtain to allow the lazy dawn light to filter in. I gaze down at him, my dead husband. Somehow I always thought he would outlive me. He was always the strong one, …