Adeline Foo is the best-selling author of the Diary of Amos Lee series, as well as many picture books, inluding Guai Wu:The Chinese Elf and a series of heritage books that highlight the unique Chinese-Malay-Eurasian hybrid culture of the Singapore Peranakans. Here are a couple of tasters from our new interview with Adeline:
I know in five years’ time, the scene for e-books or e-publishing is going to change drastically. People are talking about audio books and books on iPhone. Even kids as young as two are able to navigate around an ipad, so there may come a day where only classics get re-issued in print, because they have justified their shelf life in the children’s book market, but for first time authors, the direction might be to jump straight into e-publishing, thereby bypassing the need to incur cost in printing.
I was very pleased when I found a book on mating behaviours of spiders. I found it very funny that a spider’s courtship ritual is so similar to a human’s! Because my publisher warned me that I couldn’t use anatomically specific words, I had to look for alternatives, and I thought naming an arachnid’s mating organs would not get me into trouble!
As you know, most authors do not get to meet or talk to the artists in America, but in Singapore, we do things more consultatively, and the community of authors and illustrators is small.
You can read the whole interview here…