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

Selected titles

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

The updated list here

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