Interview with Mark W Sasse, Author of Lady Trieu and the Demon Warrior of Hanoi

28 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Lady Trieu and the Demon Warrior of Hanoi?

I lived in Vietnam for ten years, learned the language, studied the culture, and just fell in love with everything about it. This novel is my attempt to honor their amazing history and resilience with a contemporary fantasy adventure that is steeped in their culture and folklore.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I like to read things steeped in history or economics. (Thomas Sowell anyone?) I do like to write historical fiction, but I don’t write that exclusively.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’m still working on Atlas Shrugged. It’s amazing.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Probably when the magical part of the book comes to life and the ancient turtle of the sacred lake takes the three main characters underwater in a crazy cool scene!

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

Not really. But I’m a session writer. I max at about two hours then I need to do something else for a while.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Create not consume. (though I still consume my fair share)

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I would want readers to walk away with a new appreciation of the people and country of Vietnam. I think there’s a lot that can be learned in there.


Mark W Sasse is the author of the new book Lady Trieu and the Demon Warrior of Hanoi

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