Monday, November 11, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Ning Cai, in her books the princess saves herself at the end

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.

Ning Cai
Singapore - Switzerland

Types of kidlit books
Middle grade, Young adult

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Magicienne (Marshall Cavendish/ SuperCoolBooks) - with Don Bosco
Misdirection: Book 1 of the Savant Trilogy (Epigram Books)
Manipulation: Book 2 of the Savant Trilogy (Epigram Books) - coming in 2020

Describe your style
Inspired by Studio Ghibli's award winning features, my novels celebrate the tenacity and inner strength of young protagonists in their hero's journey. Essentially, the princess saves herself at the end ;)

How did you get started?
I wanted to write the kind of books I dreamt of reading as a child, and so I did; stories with resourceful Asian heroines who are smart, brave, and make a difference despite their difficulties.

Where do you get story ideas?
It's interesting how much you can learn from youth: memes, tech, pop culture, challenges they face today... I let all that stew, create compelling characters, and the plot almost magically writes itself!

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Misdirection is about a Singaporean teen who finds herself gifted with a photographic memory after rousing from a coma. She uses her new skills to help the CID solve crime. Young readers who like a good mystery will enjoy this YA crime novel!

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Start them young and read to/ with them, set aside family time for everyone to read books on weekends, and encourage trips to the library since it's proven that reading does wonders for their development.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
To get into my protagonist's head and achieve an authentic "voice" when writing my YA crime novels, I listen to music the sassy teen would check out on Spotify. It really works!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
I'm involved in a couple of panels and leading a writing workshop for this year's Singapore Writers Festival, which only has two events for kidlit. Hopefully there will be more future interest, which will be reflective in the event lineup come 2020!


The updated list here

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