About Me

© 2015 Darren Johnson

© 2015 Darren Johnson / IDJ Photography

I was born and raised in Malaysia, and currently live in England.

I mostly write speculative fiction, with the occasional foray into romance. I am represented by Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates. My ideal book would probably be a version of Anne of Green Gables, set in Asia. With dragons!

My short story collection Spirits Abroad was published by Buku Fixi in summer 2014. You can find out more about it here: Spirits Abroad.

I edited a Malaysian cyberpunk anthology for Buku Fixi called Cyberpunk: Malaysia, which came out in summer 2015.

My debut novel Sorcerer to the Crown is the first in a historical fantasy trilogy, published by Ace Books (US) and Pan Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth) from September 2015. Find out more about it here!

For a proper bio and other helpful things, please check out my press kit.


Spirits Abroad was a joint winner of the Crawford Award, along with Stephanie Feldman’s novel The Angel of Losses.

I have not won any other awards, so that heading should really be in the singular. But here are some other occasions on which my name was mentioned in proximity to an award!

  • My short story First National Forum on the Position of Minorities in Malaysia was a finalist in the Selangor Young Talent Awards 2011, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
  • My novelette The House of Aunts and short story 起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion — The Lion Bows) were listed among the Carl Brandon Society Awards 2011 Honors.
  • I was nominated for the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
  • Spirits Abroad was a finalist in the Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.

Interviews and podcasts

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Press kit

Click here for a bio in varying lengths, contacts for rights and publicity queries, and downloadable author photos and cover images.

Frequently asked questions

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