Ovidya_ pictureOvidia Yu can surely be counted as one of Singapore’s most prolific writers. After writing more than 30 plays over 20 years, Ovidia Yu wrote her first children’s book, The Mudskipper, which was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award and the Hedwig Anuar Book Award, and Aunty Lee’s Delights, a Singapore murder mystery published by William Morrow last September. The sequel, Aunty Lee’s Deadly Special, will be published in Fall 2014.

Ovidia spared some time for this Kitaab interview between edits:

Tell us about your early life. When did you get attracted to writing?

I fell in love with writing when I fell in love with reading. It was all part of the same thing. After finishing books I loved I would be writing sequels to continue the adventures I had enjoyed. I used to illustrate them too!