Author Magus Tor (AKA 无聊大狮）
My real name is Siak Meng. I write under the pseudonym Magus Tor for my English titles and 无聊大狮 for my Chinese titles.
I hated writing since young and never was good enough at writing composition. I love reading, especially fantasy and science fiction, although occasionally I will read romantic comedy. Never once thought I will write a book myself. I started writing in 2007 as a challenge I issued to myself, with the aim to get over my hate for writing and hoping that I can leave something behind after I am gone from this world.
The first book I wrote, titled New Dawn, was a story very similar to Star Wars. I was reading Star Wars: Medstar series then, and so it became the template for me. New Dawn is about a surgeon in space drama. It took me 10 months to complete the first draft, and many more months of edit before I self published it on iUniverse. After getting the book out, I worked on book 2 High Noon but couldn't get past chapter two and soon I gave up writing.
In 2010, I wanted to design a set of playing cards based on Chinese culture and came up with Dragon Nine Playing Cards. I know I suck pretty badly at naming, so pardon me. After designing the cards, I thought about marketing it and decided to write a story that showcase the card game. It turned out quite nicely and I named it D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown.
It was during that time that I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing and thus decided to put the book on KDP in 2011. I too got back my rights from iUniverse and put it up on KDP and that's all about it, I didn't really bother to market them since I don't really know how. After that I stopped writing as life caught up with me.
In 2012, I was watching anime like Sword Art Online and Accel world. They are so interesting and I decided to write a novella on VR gaming too. I wrote it in 12 days, titled Phantom of Misery Sea. After that I wrote a few more stories, but didn't manage to complete any so ended up discarding them.
I didn't get serious till I came up with the idea of Numbered Series, a Scifi Dystopian. This came after I watched Hunger Games, the initial series name is Number Games, too similar right. Hahaha. And since I worked on more titles, Fantasy, Scifi, Romance etc and did a comic adaptation for D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown.
2016, I stopped writing totally after I realized I spent too much doing my writing projects and they are not bringing in any money. Self publishing is an expensive hobby and I can't really write well, luckily I have good editors that helped me make them readable.
2017, I discovered Chinese novel reading app and got hooked to novels like 斗破苍穹，武动乾坤，大主宰，凌天传说， 天域苍穹，回到明朝当王爷，妖神记，名门长女，太古神王，绝世武神 and currently 伏天氏。So in 2018, I decided to try my hand at writing Chinese fantasy.
I also worked in a team under Harvest Edutainment Pte Ltd, my main role as the creative director is to make the story fun to read for kids. We have not only created the science comics, award-winning JJ's Science Adventure series but also created the award winning science doodle book (Science Made Easy using Doodles).
Tags: Indie Author, Indie Game Developer