Monday, November 11, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Darren C. Ong, he says kidlit writers should develop a thick skin

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.

Darren C. Ong

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
The Trampolines that Nadia Built (Epigram)

Describe your style
I like books that are full of whimsy, but still make the reader think- even when an adult is reading!

How did you get started?
I just hand-wrote and hand-drew a fun story one weekend as a gift for a friend.

Where do you get story ideas?
By being habitually curious, letting my mind wander. Imagination is like any other skill, it gets better with practice.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
My book is about overcoming failure. Kids shouldn't fear failure- to pursue meaningful things we must risk failing, and that's OK.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Consistency and parental involvement really help build a reading habit. My parents read to me every day (Thanks mom and dad!).

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Periodically try new, difficult, crazy things so you get used to rejection. Writing is hard, getting published is hard, so develop a thick skin!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More kidlit with local flavour, please! Like how Quek Hong Shin's picture books capture Singaporean life so wonderfully.


The updated list here

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+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books