Dear fellow Blogging A-Z Challenge participants,
I’m not sure how many of you still come here these days, but I thought I’d drop a note to explain my radio silence these past few months.
Soon after this year’s challenge, I decided to send my A-Z entries on a whim to a publisher, who decided to publish this collection of stories as an illustrated e-book (the drawings were done by my childhood friend, Sheryl). As such, I had to take down my stories due to contractual obligations.
Here’s the synopsis:
Imaginary Friends is a quirky collection of 26 illustrated short stories in alphabetical order and is exclusively available as an e-book published by MPH.
Author Melanie Lee and illustrator Sheryl Khor are childhood friends who used to imagine that their stationery and water bottles had names and personalities, and would come up with adventurous plotlines for their “imaginary friends”. Inspired by such fond memories from their childhood, they decided to collaborate in producing this e-book as a legacy for their children.
At first glance, Imaginary Friends may look like a typical children’s book. However, upon closer reading, you will find that its sophisticated wit and references to modern culture make it an enjoyable read for teens and adults who are young at heart. While the main characters are animals or grocery items, they were written for a very human audience in mind. In fact, many of the life lessons that are stated at the end of each story are things you wished the “older people” had told you about when you were in your late teens or early twenties. With rib-tickling humour and heart-warming moments aplenty, these 26 modern-day fables are bound to make you ponder about your life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR:
MELANIE LEE is a writer and editor in Singapore. Her work has been published in Travel + Leisure (Southeast Asia), Yahoo! Singapore, and Today newspaper, among others. She has also co-authored a spiritual book, Quiet Journeys: Finding Stillness in Chaos, and edited architecture and heritage coffee-table books. For more information, please visit her website at melanielee.sg.
SHERYL KHOR is a writer and self-taught illustrator in Singapore. Trained in creative arts, with experience in theatre, web and fashion design, she now hones her skills with crafting sessions at home with her two young children. She also designs for bricolageboutique.com, an online fashion store.
For those of you who are interested in reviewing it on your blog, just drop me a note at mel[at]melanielee[dot]sg – I’ll be happy to hear from you! Feel free to join the Imaginary Friends Facebook page too.