Interviews and podcasts

Interviews and features

Women We Love: Author, Zen Cho

I answer a few questions from Marie Claire Malaysia about writing, female role models and the 5 things you need to know about me.

ScifiFantasy Network interview

I chatted with Joel Cornah about writing, characters, diversity and the state of the publishing industry for

Interview with Angela Slatter

Award-winning author Angela Slatter kindly invited me to do an interview for her website! I talk about inspiration, balance and the five fictional characters I’d have to dinner.

Doing Magic As We Please: A #RiotRead Interview with Zen Cho

I answered some questions about writing from Book Riot‘s Angel Cruz in connection with their selection of Sorcerer to the Crown as the first #RiotRead.

Banana Writers interview with Zen Cho

I talked to Banana Writers about trials I have faced, influences on my writing and tips for aspiring authors.

Malaysiakini: Poster girl for diversity? No thanks, says novelist Zen Cho

I talked to Geraldine Tong about writing, publishing and why I’m not spearheading any campaigns any time soon.

The Star: Malaysian author Zen Cho: Forget critics, focus on the story

End-of-year feature by Terence Toh.

A Process Conversation with Zen Cho at Push

The wonderful Filipina writer Rochita Loenen-Ruiz interviewed me about the writing process, asking all the difficult questions!

The Sun Daily: The art of being Zen

I talked to Hanna Alkaf about writing.

The Independent: Zen Cho: Tackling questions of race, gender and social justice in fantasy fiction

I chatted with David Barnett about Sorcerer to the Crown for the Independent on Sunday.

The Straits Times: Malaysian author’s debut fantasy novel goes out to the world

I spoke to Annabeth Leow about Sorcerer to the Crown and Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories.

Adding A Bit of Magic: Zen Cho Discusses Her Debut at B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

I had a chat with Joel Cunningham about my first story ever, why I write about people who are a bit lost, and Smallville Regency AU fanfic.

Fantasy author Zen Cho explores the histories we aren’t told at Bitch Media

Interview with Victoria Law about incorporating Asian mythology and social justice issues into my fiction, and why Sorcerer to the Crown isn’t about Chinese Malaysians.

Interview with Zen Cho: I write stories as a way of asking questions at Kitaab

Interview on how living overseas has affected my writing, why being a writer has made me a better lawyer (and vice versa), and other things!

The Star: Is genre fiction picking up steam with Malaysian readers?

The Star interviews Malaysian genre authors, including me, about the increasing popularity of genre fiction in Malaysia.

The Star: Malaysian author Zen Cho is making waves abroad

Interview about Spirits Abroad, winning the Crawford Award, and Sorcerer to the Crown.

Fantasies that Bind: a conversation with Zen Cho & Stephanie Feldman at Electric Lit

I talk with awardwinning novelists Sofia Samatar and Stephanie Feldman about fantasy, family, history and diaspora, focusing on Spirits Abroad and Stephanie’s novel The Angel of Losses.

Q&A: Zen Cho at local

Q&A with Malaysian reviewer and editor Daphne Lee.

Interview at Bristol Book Blog

Interview with Bristol Festival of Literature organiser Peter Sutton.

Urban Mythic: Zen Cho Interviewed

Interview by co-editor Jenny Barber for the release of The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic, which features my story The Fish Bowl.

World SF Blog: Interview with Zen Cho

Interview with Charles Tan of World SF Blog.


Book Riot Interviews: Zen Cho

I had a chat with Book Riot‘s fabulous Rebecca Schinsky and Amanda Nelson when they chose Sorcerer to the Crown as the first #RiotRead.

Astro Radio News interview

I spoke with Faisal Merican about winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer for Sorcerer to the Crown, writing and advice for aspiring writers.

Science Fiction Bokhandeln podcast: Program 23: Post-kolonialism

I talked with the awesome people at SF Bokhandeln in Stockholm about the postcolonial themes in Sorcerer to the Crown.

MPR News: “We want to hear new voices”: Diversity in sci-fi and fantasy

I discussed diversity in SFF and related genres with author of Speculative Blackness André Carrington and host Kerri Miller.

The Coode Street Podcast, Episode 249: Zen Cho and Sorcerer to the Crown

I spoke to Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe about Sorcerer to the Crown and Cyberpunk: Malaysia, including being a Malaysian author in London, why I chose to write about the Regency and the pressures faced by non-Western writers.

Midnight in Karachi Episode 27: Zen Cho

I talked to the delightful Mahvesh Murad about colonialism, being a work in progress and Regency romance.

Tangential Deviation 22: From Teaching Students to Write to Saying No to George Lucas

I joined Dave Probert for a ramble about tricks for navigating the London Underground, small things that can shatter suspension of disbelief, the need for pleasant stories where nothing actually happens and the Hobbit films.

BFM Bookmark: Sci-Fi in Print, with Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Interview with BFM’s Umapagan Ampikaipakan for his radio show Bookmark. Listen to the podcast or download it at the link!

Outer Alliance Podcast #14: Steampunk December

Julia Rios of the Outer Alliance interviewed me, Shveta Thakrar and Patty Templeton about our stories in Steam-Powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories. You can also listen to my reading of an excerpt of my story The Terracotta Bride.