Y. Y. CHAN
Author. English Teacher. Freelance Writer.
Hi! Welcome to my website. I’m a new children's book author and have self-published two books! They are available on Amazon. (Scroll down for more information about the book and find the link to purchase a copy.)
I started writing my first book in February 2020 and three months later, it was published!
I hope to connect with a wider audience and I’m looking forward to sharing my future stories and books as they come out. Check out the blurbs of my books below, and some updates on my blog and Instagram.
Get in touch if you would like to know more or subscribe to the mailing list to get the latest news and updates!
I was born in Hong Kong but grew up in sunny Brisbane, Australia where I had Christmas during summer and called everyone 'mate'. I returned to Hong Kong to teach English after graduating from university. When my father passed away, I took a break from full-time teaching to travel, read and write. I now tutor English and work freelance for different educational institutes.
When I am not writing or teaching, I am either reading or looking for more books to add to my overflowing bookshelf - Kindle and physical bookshelf included!
I love reading - a lot! I enjoy reading all kinds of books and try my best to read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book every month. I hope to help all my students develop their interest and love for reading and enjoy it as much as I do!
Feel free to check out my bookshop with my books and my recommendations! https://bookshop.org/shop/yychanreads
CAN YOU HEAR ME, DADDY?
Can You Hear Me, DAddy?
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can You Hear Me, Daddy? by Y.Y. Chan is a poignant and heartrending story of death, loss, and grief.
Written in a diary format, Can You Hear Me, Daddy? by Y.Y. Chan is also a beautiful story of hope and faith. Pearly L's illustrations are soothing and breathe life into the plot and the characters. Many readers will be able to connect with the story and it will leave readers teary-eyed. This book is also a good way to discuss the topics of loss, death, and grief with children and it also shows them how faith in Christ can be comforting as it tells them that they are reuniting with their Father in Heaven and death is not an end. The book can be used in homes and classrooms to have discussions about death and eliminate the fear associated with it, looking at it in an uplifting way.
— Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite
CAN YOU HEAR ME?
Can You Hear Me?
5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Y.Y. Chan's children's story, Can You Hear Me?, traces a young girl's journey through her father's illness and death. The story is told in the first person from Renee's perspective in a collection of journal entries where Renee records the stages of her father's illness and the growing fears she experiences. The young girl also shares her prayers, her faith, her growing lists, and challenging questions, like the understandable question surrounding her fear that she did something wrong to cause her father's illness. The journal entries include conversations with her father and his encouragement that she'll keep on writing and reading her stories to him, even when he's in heaven. She asks her father if he'll be able to hear her when he's in heaven. He assures her that he will, but the question keeps resurfacing, even after his death: "Can you hear me, Daddy?" It reinforces the bond of love as she and her mother recover from the loss and the painful ensuing grief. This is a powerful story that will help readers of all ages deal with their grief. Told with care and compassion.
— Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite
EXCITING NEW UPDATES!!!
Close to 500 have been sold! I am so overwhelmed and grateful for such a positive response to this humble little picture book! It is so exciting to see my book in the hands of so many people! God has been so good and I have been extremely blessed throughout this whole experience!
The book will be available for sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair (postponed until further notice)! It will be at booth 3F-F24, exhibitor Taosheng Publishing House (道聲出版社) – Children’s Paradise. If you or your friends plan on going to the Book Fair, feel free to check it out! http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/Visitor/Ticketing.html
Taosheng Publishing House (道聲出版社) will also be selling the books at their stores!
I am currently producing some resources and materials to go with books to help kids process grief through creativity. If you are interested in this area, have ideas or would like to work with me on this, please contact me! I hope they will be finished by September, so stay tuned! Subscribe to my mailing list so you will be the first to know when these will be ready! Scroll up to enter your email to subscribe!
Book Contests & Awards
My picture book is in the running for Best Children's & Middle Grade Book at Author Academy Awards:
Click on this link: https://authoracademyawards.com/vote2020/ and you will find the Children's & Middle Grade Book category on the 3rd page. Scroll down until you see the cover of my picture book. Cast your vote by clicking on the cover! That's it! You can only vote once in each category and you cannot change your vote!
The picture book also received the Five-Star Book Review Award from Litpick! You can check out the review here:
I have also submitted both books to Readers' Favorite for the International Book Award Contest! There is no public voting for this contest, as it is determined by a panel of judges. They have both received Five-Star reviews and have been awarded the seal! You can find the pages to my books with the reviews on their website at these links:
Your Honest Reviews!
If you purchase a copy of my books in any format, please remember to leave an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads, or any other marketplace you found my book. This would help me a lot as a self-published author! I would also love to hear from readers directly about what you thought of the books, so feel free to send me an email any time! You may use the contact form below!
“To be able to grasp something of value, sometimes you have to perform seemingly inefficient acts. But even activities that appear fruitless don’t necessarily end up so.”
I'd love to connect with writers and readers. Contact me if you’ve got any comments or questions for me, I’d love to hear from you.