About the Author

Favourite pastimes: Reading, watching movies (as often as once a week!) baking, watching plays, “chilling” – daydreaming and staring into space!
Philosophy of life: When you’ve set your mind on doing something, don’t fret over it.  Just do it!
Number of children’s books/YA books written: 28
Number of children: 3 (although some days it feels like I’m taking care of an army of monsters!)

Interview with the Author!

  • Who/what had the greatest influence on you to make you want to write? How & why?
    My kids. Especially my boys as they were reluctant readers. I wanted to write books for boys to read, as I know books have to be really funny (and gross maybe!) to reach out to boys. I have that talent, because I live with two of the funniest (and most dramatic!) boys on earth! Half the jokes in my books are contributed by them.
  • Who/what inspired you to write children’s books/be a writer?
    There was this boy who wrote to me around the time I released the second Amos book. He was struggling to read. He told me that I had inspired him to read and he said that Amos was the first book he had completed reading entirely on his own! That he was 14 when he wrote to me almost made me cry. I didn’t realise that a child could have gone through childhood without reading a book! He said after having read Amos, he picked up reading and managed to pass his English exam. I didn’t think my book was that instrumental in helping him pass his exam, but it was great to receive affirmation from a reader.
  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A vet, actually. But I was afraid of blood so that ruled it out! Later when I was older, I thought being a journalist would be fun, but I failed to get into Singapore Press Holdings, so I settled for a job in public relations and advertising, and I was really happy – I spent 15 years in corporate PR and advertising! I became an author when my first child was six. I wanted to write books to engage him at that point in my life.
  • What were your favourite books during your childhood?
    Books by Enid Blyton, Beverly Cleary, James Herriot, Pearl S. Buck, Amy Tan, Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Hailey, Raymond E. Feist to a degree (up to my teenage years)
  • How would you like to be remembered?
    A great mum who made children read!
  • What do you like about your job?
    Interacting with kids. I love children! I find their antics adorable. Even the challenging ones who are often testing my limits when they morph into monsters.
  • Describe your writing style in 10 words.
    To the point. And funny! Or I pretend to be.
  • Give us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
    Inspiring, forward-looking and a book lover!
  • What book character would you like to be and why?
    Holling Hoodhood in one of the books (The Wednesday Wars) written by my favourite author, Gary D. Schmidt. Holling is such an endearing name! The story is set in 1960s during the Vietnam War, it brought back fond memories as I studied American current affairs when I was in college.
  • What is your favourite word and why?
    Seriously. (I find that I use it often as most people don’t believe me when I tell them my age.) When people ask what I do for a living, I say, “I write for children” and they go, “What, like assessment books?”
  • If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    The Wednesday Wars. Seriously.

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