Who is Benjanun?

Date: 2014-10-18 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Under the section "Who is Benjanun..." you should include her own statements.

October 4, 2013
http://chieandweng.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/a-process-conversation-with-benjanun-sriduangkaew/

When asked for how long she has been writing, Benjanun claimed she started writing in 2011, in her early 30s. This may or may not be a contradiction. [Perhaps she assumed the question meant how long she has been writing professionally and therefore did not think it necessary to mention all the years she blogged or wrote fan-fiction.]

When asked what her first exposure to the genre was, Benjanun replied that it was magic realism and contemporary lit. [This seems to contradict her long history of pseudonymous posting and blogging on gaming sites, livejournal communities, and her blog as ROTYH.]

When asked the reasons behind her decisions to write in English, Benjanun expressed that the language barrier was a struggle: "Language was a barrier initially and I had to struggle with not being sure that my English is 100% good enough." [This directly contradicts her fluency in English as ROTYH and her other pseudonyms.]

February 20, 2014
http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot.ca/2014/02/interview-with-benjanun-sriduangkaew.html

Repeats her claim that she started writing three years ago (2011).

May 28, 2014
http://www.diverse-pages.com/2014/05/author-interview-benjanun-sriduangkaew.html

When asked how long she's been writing, she repeats her claim that she's been writing since late 2011. When asked if she's faced any challenges writing characters of color she replied that "both editors and reviewers have been very lovely about things." [If the alleged whisper campaign started before May 2014, it does not appear to have hurt her reputation as a writer.]

August 12, 2014
http://www.afantasticallibrarian.com/2014/08/author-query-benjanun-sriduangkaew.html

When discussing the "Hegemony" in her latest novella, she had this to say about Twitter: "While this makes dissemination of information more pluralistic, it does strike me as a little scary we trust what we see online fairly easily, as so many Internet hoaxes (and Snopes) have attested." [This is an interesting view, given that she is in fact ROTYH and has been manipulating how others perceive her new persona as Benjanun the writer.]
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