Under Your Wings is Taking Flight!

Or so it would seem! (Anyone who reads this rather pathetic but heartfelt blog knows that I keep my expectations low to optimize future happiness.) Under Your Wings received a great review in the Australian arts weekly, Spectrum. In fact, it was that issue’s pick of the week! And a wonderful in-depth discussion of the book made it into ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf (head to the 39-minute mark if you’re impatient). The week after that, they even interviewed me about the book as well (I come in 36 and a half minutes in). Last but not least, the North American publishing rights have…

Under Your Wings is officially out!

…giving her an excuse to cackle witchishly, “Fly, my pretty! Fly!” Seriously though. Today is its official publication date here in Australia, though a friend has already spotted it for sale at Better Read Than Dead in Sydney. And Readings has even already posted a review – a really favourable one, which made me almost pass out from happiness. People keep telling me how prolific I am. “Three books, all while having and raising two babies!” they say. I tell them it’s all mirrors and smoke: the first draft of this novel was finished by the end of my first pregnancy in…

Photos from Singapore: Launching The More Known World, School Talks, and Ice Cream

I thought it would be nice to share some photos from the Singapore launch of The More Known World in March, as well as pictures from other events I did there. It ended up being a pretty busy trip!   The launch went wonderfully! It was held at the Books Kinokuniya main store on Orchard Road. My longtime friend and learned teacher-librarian Boey Wah Fong agreed to play moderator. You can see her on the far left in the lefthand photo! And the righthand photo is of me signing books! It was a great turnout, and lots of family and friends were…

Singapore Events in March

If you’re going to be in Singapore on either Saturday, March 17th or Saturday, March 24th, then good news: I’ll be there too! Stop by Books Kinokuniya’s main store, where I’ll be chatting with Singaporean librarian Boey Wah Fong about being odd and writing oddness! We’ll also be celebrating the recent publication of The More Known World with a book signing session and . . . (drum roll) . . . ice cream! Yes, ice cream – made especially for the event by the Singaporean ice cream parlour Tom’s Palette and based on one of the flavours from The Oddfits! (How cool is this?…

Being a Writer and Mothering (#3)

NOTE: This post is #3 of a series called “Being A Writer and [Insert Other Thing Here]” that I started ages and ages ago, but that I’ve been very slow in writing . . . partly because of this post’s “insert other thing here” – i.e. mothering.) On the morning The Oddfits was officially released into the world, my infant son woke me up at 5am with loud wails, demanding his breakfast of breastmilk. It was still dark outside and it was not the way I had envisioned my entrance into published authordom. “You know, my first novel came out today,” I…