We write first in blood and tears, then go over in ink.

Sri KL International4As part of my Scholastic KL Book Tour on April 25-26, I spoke at Sri KL International School. At the end of my talk, as was my norm, I challenged the children, “Write a better story than mine. If it’s good, I’ll put it on my blog!”
Well, Xin Ru has taken me up on my word and sent me her tale. So here it is. Presenting…

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We can’t thank you enough for availing yourself to conduct the wonderful events in KL this week! Your gracious support means a lot to the kids, the teachers, and most definitely, to us!! – Stephanie Wang, Scholastic Regional Marketing Manager

It was a great honour to have you in Malaysia – thank you so much for your time and all the preparations made. Your sessions were very interactive and engaging, and it’s not easy managing the crowd and at the same time, drawing the interests and creating a new story plot from the activity. It was a wonderful exposure and experience for the students, I would say. Thank you again! We do look forward to future opportunities to work with you on book talks and writing workshops again. – Cindy Poh, Scholastic Public Relations Executive

I am writing on behalf of our team to express our sincere gratitude for your kind support. We have received many positive feedback from the schools that the talks were very helpful to the students while being fun and interactive at the same time. – Alan Lew, Scholastic Marketing Executive – Trade

Scholastic KL Book Tour

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So grateful to Scholastic for making my wish come true! I wanted to present my books A Fighting Chance and Not in the Stars in Malaysian schools, so on April 25-26, Scholastic arranged for me to speak in three schools – Tenby International School, Idrissi International School and Sri KL International School.
I had a wonderful time. Some of the audiences were small and intimate, but in Sri KL International for example, the students were from Form 1 all the way to Form 6. All the children were very literate and well-spoken. They were very imaginative and creative.
Just some humourous ideas from the children themselves – The weapon of choice for Mr Bomber (the villain) is… a pencil. Yup, we had to crack our brains about how Mr Bomber was going to take over the world using… a pencil. Well, it is said that “the pen is mightier than the sword”!  🙂
Another highly-visual plot – our hero jumps from the 800m Burj Khalifa onto a moving plane, and battles to send the villain back into a magic portal which is behind a secret door approximately found on the 100th floor of the 211-storey building.
Their imaginations were still buzzing when I left. After I returned home, one of the students emailed me her story, which I will share in a later post!

Added New Books

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Had to add two new books Shaped for a Purpose and A Fighting Chance.
I liked my previous collage, but every time I needed to add a new book,
I had to go find all the previous books to snap a photo.
So I have decided to change to this linear (boring) style,
so I can add new books easily.
Shaped for a Purpose (Armour Publishing) and A Fighting Chance (Scholastic)
are brand-new releases. Please pick them up from major bookstores!
Thank you for your support!


Cover of new book



This book is really being revealed to me bit by bit. Don’t know if my heart can take it. Here’s the cover design.

From the back cover:  A Fighting Chance is a compelling tale of brotherhood, betrayal and love in the underworld.

A Fighting Chance will be available in bookstores starting from January 2017. Please support and buy a copy. I hope you will like it!



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