Featured Interview With Adele Lim
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I moved to the UK in 2006. Currently, I am based in London and live in Hertfordshire with my daughter.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I fell in love with books at 7, with Enid Blyton. I grew up reading her books, alongside Nancy Drew, Christopher Pike, Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King. My first ever article, I wrote when I was at 8 years or so. My mum discovered an egg within an egg and I remember being so fascinated by it that I wished someone would feature this in the newspaper. I decided to take it to hand – I created my own newspaper, wrote a story about the egg, and pinned the newspaper on my wall! Then I surprised myself at the age of 10, when I received an award from the Commonwealth Essay Writing competition that I entered as part of my English class. When I entered secondary school, my English teacher Anne James, inspired me to expand my perspective on writing, to find my own voice in the sea of voices, and to have courage to put it out there. At 16, my first newspaper article was published, and I got accepted onto a young journalists boot camp. Despite that, I decided to further my studies in a different field and kept writing as an integral part of me.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
While I enjoy reading fiction growing up, in high school, I began to pick up non-fiction. I found reading self-help books very rewarding. I loved reading Dale Carnegie, Jack Canfield, Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Robert Kiyosaki, M. Scott Peck, Malcolm Gladwell, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Lynn McTaggart and Daniel Pink.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Central theme of the project series is enabling a loving space for families, particularly in an increasingly global community living international lifestyles.
When I decided to walk the path of divorce, a world I never knew opened up. Overnight, I found myself searching for answers that resonate with what was true to my heart at core, in an environment that seemed to communicate that divorce is a tragedy, when this did not ring true for me. I found that majority of children’s books with families or on families assume a Mother and Father living under the same roof, who are of the same race or nationality and who moved everywhere together, and if divorcing, believe that the family is breaking apart as well. I realised that the beliefs and wellness of the adults influences the quality of the experience for the children and the trajectory and speed with which all members of the family develop and grow.
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