Tuesday, November 19, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Eunice Li-Tan, she hiked across Iceland’s lava fields so she can convey the experience in her story

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Eunice Li-Tan
United Kingdom and Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Middle grade, Young adult

Total kidlit books published
Three

Selected titles
KEYS OF ARCHELLOS (ARMOUR PUBLISHING)
THE WINTER JEWEL (ARMOUR PUBLISHING)
WOODS OF MYSTERY (ARMOUR PUBLISHING)

Describe your style
Imaginative fantasy, mystery and adventure stories with sparkles of humour — filled with exhilarating and intriguing story plots and characters.  The Luminous Sword Trilogy books (120,000+ words) highlight themes of courage, friendships, values, mental and emotional resilience amidst current affairs and challenges in society. Follow Jusvin Titanium and his friends from Merpixies Academy as they stand up against evil and seek for justice!

How did you get started?
While working as a Pediatric Therapist and Mathematics' Consultant, I had started to type out the first draft of the "Woods of Mystery" (35,000+ words) using a pen name in 2012. MPH Group Publishing was the first publisher that offered me a publishing contract in 2015. Being younger in mindset, my first book was very precious so I declined the publishing contract after much consideration, and embarked on a self-publishing route. However, the coordinations with the printer, layout artist, proofreader, etc. consumed loads of time, and then Armour Publishing approached me with a publishing contract in 2017. Deciding to focus on my writing, I signed the agreement with Armour Publishing, and thus, "Woods of Mystery" was republished with a new cover, illustrations and glossary in April 2018 in Singapore. After my relocation to the United Kingdom, the first edition of my Book 2: The Winter Jewel (42,000+ words) was published in September 2018 and Book 3: Keys of Archellos (52,000+ words) was published recently in September 2019!

Where do you get story ideas?
Core themes and current affairs propel my story ideas. Since I am highly curious and observant of my surroundings, I will try to experience certain environments in order to describe the vivid scenes. To research my Book 3: Keys of Archellos, I had hiked across Iceland’s lava fields and entered into the dormant Þríhnúkagígur volcano’s magma chamber, and walked on the Vatnajökull Glacier. Aspects of Giant Land have been inspired by the famous Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi’s designs of trencadis tiling and Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest. I hope that readers can feel as if they have been transported all around the globe while they read my Luminous Sword Trilogy books.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
The Winter Jewel (second book in the Luminous Sword Trilogy) has a heart-warming message in Chapter's 3 scene when Jusvin Titanium (the main character) encounters Ocebella the Snow Rhinox (a creature inspired by a Triceratops and Rhinoceros). I hope that readers can feel confident to reflect their unique self, and use their gifts for positive purposes.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Providing children with a wide array of books when they are young may foster their love for reading. Beyond that, I will encourage parents to read the books which your children are reading, and then talk openly with them about the important themes and messages. Asking your child simple questions such as "What do you like about this book?" or "Who is your favourite character" can assist in building bonds and communication channels.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Having a sense of curiosity and being able to perceive the world through the lenses of a child can help writers write excellent books for children. Jump in a puddle if you have to in order to experience why kids enjoy doing that. Forget the mess, forget the practical aspects momentarily for we had been kids once upon a time too!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
Greater awareness of Singaporean authors across the world as writers endeavour to share and create more kidlit books! Fantastic opportunities to co-author books with other authors might reap an unimaginable harvest and promote the literary scene in Asia and beyond!

Website: www.eunicelitan.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/eunicelitan
https://www.facebook.com/luminousswordtrilogy/



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ALSO:

+ Check out Don Bosco's latest series LAST KID RUNNING, published by Penguin Random House










GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Srividhya Venkat, she wrote a book about how young children can make a difference.

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Srividhya Venkat
India

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published
7

Selected titles
The Tree Boy (Pickle Yolk Books), The Clever Tailor (Karadi Tales), Lunch-Friends (Tota Books), Pickle Mania (Tota Books)

Describe your style
Objective, hopeful.

How did you get started?
Inspired by reading to my children

Where do you get story ideas?
From experiences, observation and imagination

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Lunch-Friends' is about birds, who live near a boy's house, losing their home - a huge mango tree. This is an inspiring story of how young children can make a difference.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
If you read, so will your child.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Be patient and read loads of books!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More kidlit related to contemporary world issues.

Website: http://vidhven.wixsite.com/srividhyavenkat
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/srividhyavenkat/



GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
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ALSO:

+ How and where you can get published in Singapore (from 2017)











Monday, November 18, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Josephine Chia, she wrote a book about the old days when Singapore was still a third world nation

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Josephine Chia
Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Chapterbooks, Middle grade, Young adult

Total kidlit books published
Three books

Selected titles
1. Queen of the Sky. (Fiction) Children. Published in 2019 by Penguin Random House
2. Big Tree in a Small Pot. Mid-Grade. YA(Fiction) Published in 2018 by Marshall Cavendish
3. Growing Up in Kampong Potong Pasir. Children. (Non-Fiction)  Published in 2018 by Ethos Books

Describe your style
1 & 3 are chatty styles. Both illustrating and telling Singapore's history through story. Book 2 is more serious as it deals with a teenager's identity search

How did you get started?
When I returned from UK to live here when my four grandchildren were born.
I have been a workshop leader and Creative Writing mentor for young writers in MOE's Creative Arts programme so decided to write for that demographic

Where do you get story ideas?
From issues that I understand youngsters have to tackle like a search for identity. I also like using bits of Singapore history to weave around my stories

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Growing up in Kampong Potong Pasir. This is a non-fiction book, about my growing up years in poverty in the kampong. It is good for kids to know that they are very well-off and privileged these days compared to the old days when Singapore was still a third world nation. This book shows a sense of community and joy, despite our deprivations.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Share in the reading especially for younger kids. Bedtime story telling.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Tell a good, entertaining story rather than try to be didactic.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
That more parents would encourage their children to read local writing

Website: www.josephinechia.com
Instagram: NIL. I am not on any social media



GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
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ALSO:

+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books












GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Ng Swee San, her book says change is possible no matter how pig-headed one is

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Ng Swee San
Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published
2

Selected titles
The Great Dragon Warrior (Epigram Books), Yaya the Double-decker Bus (Epigram Books)

Describe your style
Great Dragon is lyrical. Yaya is comic.

How did you get started?
Happy accident. I was playing around with a few story ideas, met the publisher at an event, pitched it to him and he was interested enough to ask his editor to contact me.

Where do you get story ideas?
Usually I start with a character or a theme. For the Great Dragon Warrior, it started after I read about komodo dragons. I wondered what would happen if a komodo dragon pretended to be a real dragon. I wanted to write about a great pretender. In a way, Yaya also makes references to perhaps the greatest pretender in the world today.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Yaya the Double-Decker Bus is about a cocky double-decker bus that brags. The moral of the message is to know your strengths but also your limits. Confidence is often praised but I feel humility is just as important. The book is easy to read, with wonderful illustrations that will put a smile on kids' faces. They will learn about values through a different perspective. The protagonist is not likeable at the start but learns a lesson. So change is possible no matter how pig-headed you are.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them, be it the same book or a different book. If kids see you laughing as you read, enjoying books and learning from books, they will naturally embrace books as part of their life.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Go to the playground and eavesdrop on kids.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More books that promote cultural understanding. More crazy books that make kids laugh aloud.

Website: None
Instagram: Not active. Will re-activate shortly.



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ALSO:

+ Why should we make new books for young readers? My blog post from last year.