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)

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 stead diet of fantasy. From all that foodie reference, you might think I enjoy eating. You think right!

It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I tentatively attempted to write. And it fast became an obsession. There were times my writing suffered – losing my parents, getting divorced – but it always helped me re-focus, providing an outlet for my inner turmoil.

After years trying and failing to find representation, I decided to self-publish my stories, which are heavily influenced by fantasy/fairy tale elements, and Hindu mythology.

I enjoy reading different genres, but my favourite remains fantasy, with historical fiction a close second.

Having always read to my boys, I’m happy 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!

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)

It’s not all about writing. I love art, but I’m the first to admit I’m hopeless at drawing. Papercrafting, however, lets me indulge my creativity.

I started with scrapbooking then ventured into altered books before discovering the joy of making notebooks and journals. Which is wonderful as I’m obsessed with notebooks. One can never have too many.

Scrapbook page

Scrapbook page


Notebook

Notebook

Altered book layout

Altered book layout