Interviews & profiles


Ezvid.com, 8/27/2019, “10 Charismatic Romances About Rock Stars” — which includes Taking the Lead, the first in my Secrets of a Rock Star series.


Forbes, 2/10/17 “Fifty Shades of Green: How Fanfiction Went from Dirty Secret to Money Machine” by Hayley Cuccinello
–I’m extensively quoted in this article about how fanfic has made the jump to the big time and how romance, erotica, and women’s desires in fiction are largely ignored by the mainstream…even when they earn millions of dollars.

Ars Technica, 6/25/2017, “Coming Out…As a Slytherin”
My first person essay, published on Pride Day, about parallels I found between my own coming out as queer decades ago and the ways I had to overcome biases and assumptions to do so, and the very similar biases and assumptions I had to untangle in the world of Harry Potter fandom.


Annie’s Book Stop, author profile and interview, 8/1/2016

Romance Beat, 1/28/2016

USA Today, Happy Ever After, 1/26/2016 Interview by Joyce Lamb

Bawdy Bookworms, 1/26/2016, mostly talking about my book Taking the Lead


Jennifer Gordon interviewed me about writing both professional fiction and my fanfiction hobbyobsession at Minerva Magazine: http://minervamag.com/2015/07/qa-with-cecilia-tan/

Gay Book Reviews, Interview, 11/1/2015

Joyfully Reviewed, interview, 9/16/2015, mostly about my book The Poet & the Prophecy

Characters on the Couch, 8/6/2015, my character Ziggy from Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is profiled by psychologist and writer Cecilia Dominic

Characters on the Couch, 7/9/2015, my character Timothy Frost from Magic University is profiled by psychologist and writer Cecilia Dominic

Interviewed by Elizabeth SaFleur, 4/17/2015

Interviewed by Gray Dixon, 1/23/2015

Interviewed by Silk Jones, 1/21/2015


Julia Rios and Shaun Duke interviewed me and Mary Anne Mohanraj for The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a podcast on science fiction: http://skiffyandfanty.com/2014/05/22/205-mary-anne-mohanraj-cecilia-tan-at-icfa-an-interview-worldsftour/

Kerry Adrienne interviewed me on her blog: http://kerryadrienne.com/interview-with-cecilia-tan-author-of-slow-seduction/

“By writing erotic romance, I’ve gotten to dabble in a lot of genres. Paranormal, space opera, cyberpunk, high fantasy, even mystery. I’d like to write a historical but I know I’d get sucked into the research… would I ever finish writing the book?”

Pamela interviewed me for Badass Romance: http://badassromance.com/2014/01/31/has-romance-fiction-been-struck-by-lightning-a-conversation-with-author-cecilia-tan/ (Jan. 31, 2014)

“The romances I attempted to read in the early 1980s put me off the genre so thoroughly I thought I would always be too feminist, too explicitly sexual, and too kinky for the romance genre to handle. And in fact that’s what I was told by publisher after publisher throughout the last 20 years.”

Audra North interviewed me for Wonk-o-mance: http://wonkomance.com/2014/01/28/a-wonkomance-interview-with-cecilia-tan/ (Jan. 28, 2014)

“If James is trying to teach Karina anything it’s that it’s very important to love the WHOLE person you’re with, not just their submissive side or their dominant side.”

The Writer’s Life e-magazine, 9/2/2014, interview

Festivale Online Magazine, “The Usual Questions,” 8/31/2014

Harry Big Bang, 7/10/014, “Original Fiction Author Series,” an interview as a feature at a Harry Potter slash fanfic community, talking a lot about writing process

Interviewed by Laura Roberts, 8/28/2014

Interviewed by Ruthie Knox, 6/9/2014

Interviewed by Michael Ventrella, 5/4/2010


Jean Marie Ward interviewed me on video with writeup/transcript for Buzzy Magazine. Filmed at Balticon 2013: http://buzzymag.com/cecilia-tan-interview/

“…Science fiction and fantasy, I felt, was the genre where there was room for me to exist. There’s room for me to write myself into the story, where I can write people like myself [as the norm] and not necessarily as others.”


Michael Ventrella interviewed me on his blog: http://michaelaventrella.com/2010/05/04/interview-with-author-and-editor-cecilia-tan/

“The big presses are the chain restaurants. They’re Applebee’s and the Olive Garden and Budweiser. The small presses are that great little gourmet Italian restaurant in your neighborhood, and handcrafted microbrews.”

Vampires.com, interview by Moonlight, mostly about vampires, 3/31/2010


Sensuous Sadie, Scene Profiles, 2/6/2004


Mary Anne Mohanraj interviewed me in Strange Horizons magazine: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2000/20001023/tan.shtml

“…For years and years I didn’t feel I had written anything worth finishing, or worth reading. I had learned the craft of writing, but I didn’t have anything to say. Until I started writing erotica, that is.”

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