Updated my slides for Author Talk at Imagine|Native! at S.E.A. Aquarium on June 5. I am grateful to God for His blessings and thankful for the support of the reading and publishing community for these acknowledgements. Please join my illustrator Haw Shing Yee and me at S.E.A. Aquarium on June 5, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm!
Not in the Stars was featured in The Star - Malaysia's daily English newspaper - on 2 September. How nice if I could do a Malaysia book tour *wistful* The online version:
A big 'Thank You' to Akshita Nanda for a warm interview and a lovely write-up in Sunday Times August 17, 2014.
Not in the Stars Finally, my book is coming to Singapore! Please come! Not In The Stars is launching at Asian Festival of Children's Content 2014. I will be at the AFCC Festival Bookstore and autographing Not In The Stars on June 1-3 at lunchtime at Central Library lobby. See you there.
From Scholastic India blog
Writing The Locked Up Boy
I wrote The Locked Boy in 2010 because I was hungry for a love story and I could not get my hands on one that I liked. I wrote it within a few weeks, but of course, the storyline was very rough.
In 2011, I decided to try for the Scholastic Asian Book Award competition. I anguished over the manuscript I would submit. It has to promote good values, be inspirational and universal, etc. With such a tall order, I developed just as big a mental block. My mind was blank.
Eventually, out of sheer determination, I bashed out a story on my keyboard. It had the elements on my checklist – it had a moral at the ending, was peppered with inspirational quotes and touched on universal values. There was one hitch… it was boring.
Of course, I did…
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My friend and multi-award winning children's book author Emily Lim mentioned my story in her blog. Thanks Emily.
I won the Scholastic Asian Book Award 1st Runner Up position! The results were announced on the same day as my Grandma's 80th Birthday Book Launch - 29 May 2012. So, it was a memorable day.
So happy that my story “The Locked Up Boy” is one of four entries shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2012. Really praying that I can win this competition and get a publishing contract.