Thursday, September 2, 2021

MEET THE AUTHOR: TUNKU HALIM, author of The Midnight Children series, published by Penguin Random House SEA

Note: This showcase features five kids’ fiction authors, all proudly published by Penguin Random House SEA. When the pandemic is over, we'll get back to in-person book launch events. But for now, enjoy this virtual version. More info here.

Please introduce yourself!
I'm from Malaysia (and right now living in Penang) and have been writing for most of my life. I used to be a lawyer and am lucky enough to be a full time writer. I was learning Tai Chi until the lockdown happened but I can still practise Yoga at home and do enjoy taking long walks.

Tell us about your series.
It began because my publisher told me that her daughter wished I wrote spooky tales for kids. So I thought, why not give it a go? One short story became several and I tied it all together into a novel. Then one novel became three! The story is about Min and Zak who are ten and twelve. One day, their father disappears while having breakfast and strange, spooky things begin to happen to them.

What was your creative process like?
My creative process is always the same. I knock my head on the table until an idea pops into it. But seriously, the creative process begins with a simple idea and as I begin to write new ideas come along.

Has the pandemic affected your book promotion?
Most definitely. I haven't been able to do any book launches and interact with an audience which I do miss.

Any advice for aspiring writers who want to write or launch a kids' novel in the coming year?
Make sure you have a good story to tell, then write and re-write it until it's the best that it can be.

I deleted all my social media account as a matter of principle but I do have a blog at

You can check out the other four authors here, they’re all eager to tell you about their lovely books.