Crafting stories is fun, sharing them is even better

 March 2017

March 2017

Born and raised in Malaysia, I’ve now lived more years in England than my birth country. I got married in England and had my 2 beautiful sons in England.

 With my dad's last dog, Prince (1993)

With my dad's last dog, Prince (1993)

I owe my love of stories to my dad; he was seldom without a book, which made present-buying extremely easy. I’m not one of those who started writing stories the minute I could hold a pencil, but I was forever making up stories in my head, which I acted out, either alone or with my sister.

Like most children, my first taste of stories came from the smorgasbord of European fairy tales. And I was lucky enough to have the added flavour of Hindu mythological tales. This led to a steady diet of fantasy. From all that foodie reference, you might think that I enjoy eating – and you would be right!

While trying to combat the tedium of my retail job – hours stuck behind a till in a quiet part of the shop – I started writing. It didn’t take me long to realise how much I enjoyed it. Not surprisingly, it was ‘fantasy’ stories that flowed from my imagination.

There were times my writing suffered through hard times – losing my parents, getting divorced – but it always helped me re-focus, providing an outlet for my inner turmoil.

Having always read to the boys, I’m happy that they share my love of stories. Both make up their own; Gordon writes fanfiction, and as for some of Liam’s ideas, I wish I’d thought of them! And he ‘stores’ it all in his memory; he doesn’t write any of it down yet has no trouble remembering all the details. I can’t even manage the weekly grocery shop without a list! Jealous? Me??

 Taken in 2000. Gordon (red shirt) 5 years, and Liam, 3 years

Taken in 2000. Gordon (red shirt) 5 years, and Liam, 3 years

 At Hyper Japan, July 2016 (Gordon and Liam)

At Hyper Japan, July 2016 (Gordon and Liam)

I enjoy reading different genres, but my favourite remains fantasy, with historical fiction a close second – I love history! The stories I write are heavily influenced by fantasy/fairy tale elements, and Hindu mythology.

After spending years trying to find representation and amassing a pile of rejections, I decided to self-publish following hours and hours of research – my favourite pastime! To date, I’ve published two stories. I’m working on a couple of fairy tale retellings, and original stories.