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Author LEIGH CUNNINGHAM recounts how her vivid imagination and way with the
written word has led to rewards - personally and professionally.
TF: Best thing that's happened since moving to Singapore?
LC: The low tax rate allows us to live comfortably in a one- income household, enabling us to enjoy a more balanced lifestyle. I've always been interested in writing, but I was only able to focus on writing after moving here. If we hadn't moved, I wouldn't have started.
TF: You won a silver medal at The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) for your first two children's books, The Glass Table and Shards. Tell us more...
LC: It’s an important win for me as it sums up everything I would want to say about my books with regard to content and positive messages for children. When the MCA evaluates books for its award, it not only considers originality, educational and entertainment value, but whether a book is morally sound, promotes good will, and is inspirational and uplifting. I’d like to think this describes my essence of The Glass Table and Shards.
TF: Where did your initial inspiration come from?
LC: My husband Steve and I were sailing around the Whitsunday Islands and he recounted a dream of people swimming in a lake and then sitting at a glass table. Inspired, I conjured up an image of a glass table with children sitting around it, at the bottom of a lake - The Glass Table was born. I had written the outline by the next morning! The sequel, Shards, continues the story and a third instalment is in progress.
TF: Any adult books in the pipeline?
Being Anti-Social is "chick lit" in style and focuses on Mace Evans—a professional woman in her late thirties, labelled anti-social by her older sister. Mace then embarks on a journey to understand if she was born this way, or if her attitude is the accumulation of years of unfortunate encounters with other humans and dogs. Rain is due for release in April 2011, and Being Anti-Social in 2012.
TF: Any favourite authors?
About Leigh Cunningham...
Born in Queensland, Australia, Leigh Cunningham is a self-confessed storyteller who favours harmless embroidery of the facts. A lawyer by profession, Leigh spent the majority of her career as a senior executive for various public companies in her home country of Australia. Upon moving to Singapore seven years ago, Leigh pursued her longstanding passion for writing. She describes her writing style as all or nothing—she writes to the exclusion of everything else or does not write at all. The Glass Table and Shards are available exclusively at Times bookstores in Singapore.
See original article in The Finder.