Happy New Year!

Happy new year to my friends, family and readers. After a hectic December filled with school holiday shenanigans, work and travel, I am so relieved that January is finally here. This is because the kids are safely ensconced in school and I have my eight hours to write again. In fact, I hit my keyboard with a vengeance this week (on the first day of school and the day after we got off a 13-hour flight). It felt so good to have a huge chunk of time to myself to write again and after a month and a half, I was ready for it.

 

As I mentioned in my last entry, I’ve started a new MG (which means Middle Grade aimed at children between 9- 12) novel set in a mythical place called Kayangan. I don’t like talking about my current work in progress simply because I discovery write and sometimes I change things along the way, but I’m really excited about this project and glad that it’s coming together.

 

In other matters, we have finally locked down our script for Grin (my short animated film project) and now she is in the capable hands of my illustrator, the talented Emila Yusof and my animators, Tudidut who are working on putting the film together. I have to admit I was a bit anxious about this project since hey, I have zero experience in making an animated film, but I’ve got a good team and everything’s coming together like magic.

 

So the year has started off well and I’m feeling positive it will get even better. This year is going to be all about writing more great stories. I hope that it will be a great year for you too.

Welcome to my World

2017 is coming to an end and here I am starting a journal. After resisting for so long, (I wasn’t sure I could commit to a journal) I decided to go ahead and do it anyway. Why not? After all, this year was all about jumping into new adventures. I did all sorts of things I never knew I was capable of. I finished my novel, THE STORYTELLER’S MOUNTAIN and feel immensely proud of this small achievement. I know now that I can finish a whole book. I started Papermoon which was launched at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April this year. We are still in the process of ironing out things, but we have plans to bring our stories to the world in all sorts of different ways. I illustrated a page of my picture book and this was featured in the Drawing Dreams Picture Book Illustration Exhibition at KLTCC 2017. I teamed up with the super talented illustrator and writer, Emila Yusof to win the IPCC Award. We are now working on creating an animated story about a very special girl called Grin. I published my first picture book, CHICKABOO THE RUNAWAY OSTRICH and I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about this.

 

As the year draws to a close, my head is bursting with even more stories to write next year. The fifth book of the DOOR UNDER THE STAIRS series which should have been released this year, (but for various reasons has been delayed) will be launched (hopefully) by early next year. THE CASE OF THE MISSING ELEPHANTS is about how tin ore was discovered in the Kinta Valley in Perak. And what does this have to do with elephants? Well, you shall have to wait for the book to find out. I also hope that we can launch the sixth book in the instalment which is all about Tun Fatimah and the fall of Melaka to the Portuguese.

 

There are plans to write a fantasy book inspired by Malaysian and Asian mythology. I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time and 2018 is the year I’m going to go ahead and write it. There is an outline, the plot has been sketched out and all the characters are ready to go. In fact, one of my characters has been steadily knocking my head asking to be let out (yes, this does happen sometimes). So … on the 8th of January 2018 (if I’m not too jet lagged), I will be making my way through this new world. I can’t wait.

 

So that is my plan for now. As for this journal, I do hope I can nurture this space. I think in order for it to work, I’ll need to write about things that really matter to me which means that I won’t be posting updates every week. It’ll be more like every month, at least for now. In this space, I will waffle about my work (although I refuse to bore you with my daily word count and I probably won’t discuss my WIP), updates on new books and launches, and anything that takes my fancy really. That could range from travel, food, Dr. Who, folktales, my violin obsession and my gorgeous country. I will probably throw in a short story from time to time.

 

I do hope you will be entertained.