Since January, I have been working part-time in Armour Publishing as an editor. I wanted a job reading manuscripts, dotting some ‘i’s and crossing a few ‘t’s, then go home promptly at 6 pm. However, it’s been more like an express train the past months, with stops only to hit press.
In between hitting press on books, I’ve been chewing my nails to the nub worrying that more serious things than missing dots and crosses had gone to press as well.
Naturally, the first casualty of this express train was my personal writing. Total number of books and articles I’ve published this year? Zero, nada, kosong.
However, I choose to see this period as a season not to be published but to facilitate other writers to get published. Moreover, I’m glad to identify with Armour as I believe in the kind of books it publishes.
One of my first projects was Hope Beyond Cancer by Dr Wong Lea Choung. Working on the book was like being put on an emotional roller coaster. I hadn’t really recovered from my goddaughter being taken away last year at the age of 14 years by osteosarcoma. So, it was hard accepting the ‘hope’ Dr Wong spoke about. In fact, I got quite angry about it. But, at the same time, I could see that this ‘hope’ has comforted my goddaughter’s grieving parents and brother in ways that our words of condolence could never provide. It has given them the strength to live on. I can’t ask for more than that during this terrible time.
Dr Wong has written a rare book. Books written by medical professionals are common. Books on suffering and death authored by theologians are also abundant. But, when push comes to shove, a book about cancer written by a doctor who preaches hope is what cancer patients and their families really need.
So, this is my mini book review about Hope Beyond Cancer.
I may not have time to write stories now, but I guess I’ll have plenty of opportunity to review the books I edit from now on. And a book review is a genre of writing as well, isn’t it?