Choong began work on Ah Fu in April last year when, on a moonlit night, the story that had been simmering in her head became bright as day. Less than two months later, the writing was completed.I'm going to buy this book for this illustrations ... even though I haven't got a kid in sight! (or maybe the kid is me??)
Next came the more arduous task of illustrating the story. Plugging away at her labour of love after work each day, she brought to life the adventures of Ah Fu, using pen and water-soluble colour pencils.
“I told myself, ‘A page a day will get your book published one day’,” says the art hobbyist who minored in art education when she studied the Teaching of English as a Second Language at Universiti Malaya in the early 1990s.
Her work was done by December and, in March this year, when MPH Publishing responded favourably to her manuscript, Choong was over the moon.
If you want to meet Kwee Kim, there's a hi-tea for local authors at MPH 1-Utama 2-5 p.m. next week to which you are all invited!
(Photo on right from author's blog.)