Well, I did it – me a bundle of nerves and jitters. But I launched Dragon Dancer at Singapore Writers’ Festival 2015.
Now here are some pictures of me, the River Room (the venue), the neon comfy bean bags and the audience.
I introduced myself, a bit of Jeremy’s artwork and portfolio, and did a reading. Afterwards came the signing.
What struck me – and it would remain one of my best memories and motivation to keep writing – was this little boy, about my youngest’s age or slightly young, who was so taken by Yao, the dragon dancer, that he was the first to grab a copy of Dragon Dancer from the SWF book store run by Closetful of Books. He flipped open the book and started reading! When I sat down at the signing table, he read a few pages, his mom standing beside him. His eyes shone when I signed his name on the front page. And when he left, he was going “BOOM BOOM BOOM!” and “NOW NOW NOW!” (Shen Long’s words in the picture book). I think he didn’t want to leave. He lingered around the signing table until his parents urged him to go.
Now this made/makes my day. Never doubt the power of your words and imagination – because you will inspire people. I am so touched that my story touched the heart of one little boy. I signed “Be a dragon dancer!” on the page.
Everyone can be dragon dancers.
I will probably write more about the YA panel later in the day with Joyce Chua and Rachel Hartman about … you guess it, Insta-Love: Romance and the YA novel. But here’s a good write up by Chachic. 🙂
So, write, write, write, people!
EDIT: Dragon Dancer is also available on Amazon.