The third book
After a long stint of
short-story writing, Ann came out with the third book, a fiction novel –
Mail Order Bride. The story, set in Auckland, New Zealand, touches on
social issues such as teenage pregnancies, drugs, paedophile and the
like. The book took two months to finish.
Ann does not intend to
make money out of her books, saying: “I consider all the attention I got
from the newspapers and television as just a bonus.”
was to go places. Dad used to go to England – we always knew he went to
England. We were taught if we wanted to go places, we got to work hard.”
graduated with a bachelor’s degree (economics) in Canada in 1975 and
three years later (1978) went to Auckland for her second economics
degree and a diploma in management. There, she met her husband and in
1990, the family moved to Singapore before shifting back in Auckland in
Ann, who considers herself a “freedom writer,” said she
self-published all her books as she liked having the freedom to write
what she wanted. Proof readers and professional editors were all the
help she got.
“I call myself a freedom writer because whatever I do, I am not bound by rules.”
Her advice to aspiring writers is to have “patience, plan, persistence, perseverance and imagination.”
“You got to have a plan and a target and try to follow them through. That’s what I did,” added Ann who is also a public speaker.
said she never wasted “any precious time” when writing her books and
would usually spend more than eight hours a day putting her ideas into
“When the inspiration comes, never try to ignore it.
Instead, put your plan into work and write it down. Writing is all about
passion but you have to be disciplined if you want to be a successful
writer,” she advised.