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… Continue reading Added New Books
Did a collage of books I had written. But that was before "Ryan the Playground Expert" was launched. So now I have to do a new collage.
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.