Sibu-born author, Ann Chin Kit Suet promotes books
| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
A PRESS conference was held for the Sibu-born author Ann Chin Kit Suet to promote her three books, which was held at Ximply Chriz Café in Regent Square, Kiulap yesterday.
Ann who is an English teacher, teaching English as a second language to immigrant children at Point Chevalier School, New Zealand, wrote three books; Diary of a Bereaved Mother; From China To Borneo & Beyond and Mail Order Bride which were launched October 12 in Sibu, Sarawak.
Her first book, Diary of a Bereaved Mother, is her autobiography and written journey of knowing her newborn child did not have long to live to eventually losing her child and how she coped after.
Ann Chin Kit Suet and her three books. – ABDUL HAKIIM YAKOFThe book propelled her into public speaking, which she did to share her experience with other bereaved parents.
From China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting with the communists.
Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.
Ann said that she has been writing since she was little and the people who motivated her to write were her late father and her former history teacher during her days in Methodist Secondary School Sibu, Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, who is now the Minister of Local Government and Community Development in Sarawak, Malaysia.
“Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, once brought books by Han Suyin into class and I was amazed that a Chinese born author can write English books. This inspired me to pursue my career as a writer,” she said.
She is also very active in charity work such as setting up funds to support deaf children in Kenya and the NTU Wives funding for separation operations of conjoined twins.
She also said that money from book sales of Diary of a Bereaved Mother go to Sands New Zealand which is a parent-run, non-profit groups supporting families who have experienced the death of their child.
“I didn’t write my book “Diary of a Bereaved Mother” to make money, I wrote it to help people, but all the publicity eventually propelled me into public speaking”, she said.
When asked on her future plans, she said, “I will try to write more fiction in the future, and with the leftover material for ‘From China To Borneo and Beyond’ book, I might just write a sequel of the book.”
Ann’s books can be found in Sarawak Community Library’s, Auckland public Library’s in New Zealand and in New South Wales Librarys in Australia.
Her books are priced at $35 each, $60 for two books and $90 for three books.
For purchases and enquiries, the public can contact Wong Ngie Sek, the Director of Aptbility Trading Company at 8720255 or email at email@example.com.