VICTOR EDWARD APPS was born in Canada and moved out to Hong Kong at the age of eight. A budding writer in his youth, he won the junior section of the 1996 South China Morning Post Short Story Competition and interned at HK Magazine.
Between returning toCanada to study at McGillUniversity, working as a high school teacher and subsequently switching careers into accounting, he was too busy to fit in any writing. Then the 2008 economic crisis happened and Victor found himself with time on his hands. He decided to sketch out some preliminary ideas for a glimmer of a story at the back of his mind, and then kept writing and writing.
Months later, the first draft of “The Perilous Passage of Princess Petunia Peasant” was complete. Victor has since returned to Hong Kong and currently splits his time between a banking career and wondering what Petunia’s next adventure will be.
Teen activist Pet Peasant has no time for administrative red tape. All she wants is an audience with the high regent.
Without changes in the law, her village will suffer.
With her best friends, Pet sets off on a journey to the centre of power. But events spiral out of control quickly. Terrifying monsters hunt her. Why? Is there something special about her?
Pet’s quest takes her across the realm, through a murky swamp tyrannized by an outlandish master and eerie woods twisted by dark magic. As the stakes rise, her friends fall, and the drums of war sound louder, an incredible and inescapable truth dawns on Pet.
The Perilous Passage of Princess Petunia Peasant was a finalist for the 2013 international Proverse Prize.
Victor E. Apps spoke about his tale for all ages, The Perilous Passage of Princess Petunia Peasant, at the Proverse Readers' Club, on 23 April 2016.
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The day before, he was interviewed by Phil Whelan on Morning Brew, the weekday morning music and chat show on RTHK3. The interview, which began at about 11.43am, can be heard on the RTHK3 Archive.
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