Y. Y. CHAN
Author. English Teacher.
Freelance Writer & Editor.
Hi! Welcome to my website. I’m an award-winning children's book author based in Hong Kong. I have published three books which are all available on Amazon and other online retailers. My debut picture book, 'Can You Hear Me, Daddy?' won the Royal Dragonfly Book Award in two categories in 2020!
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.
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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.
I had dreamed about becoming an author a few years after I started my teaching career, and had been writing different stories for my students. I'm glad I can finally write stories that can reach even more people around the world! I write a lot of my own teaching materials and resources and have written teachers' guides for Oxford University Press as well. I have also run some reading and writing workshops for kids in Hong Kong. I hope to encourage more young people to appreciate books and write their own stories!
EXCITING NEW UPDATES
My books are now in bookstores and libraries all around Hong Kong!
My books 'Can You Hear Me, Daddy?' and 'Can You Hear Me?' are now available in several bookstore chains in Hong Kong, including all Bookazine store locations, Kelly & Walsh, Hong Kong Book Centre, and Taosheng Publishing House. They are also available from the Hong Kong Public Libraries!
Hong Kong Book Fair Update
'Can You Hear Me, Daddy?' will be available for sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair (14-20 July 2021)! It will be at booth 3F-E24, 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
Writing competition and writing workshops
HKU CAISE invited me to run a Children's Writing Competition. The winners will get to publish their story as an eBook. I have invited a few other authors to help out and be on the judging panel. We had around 60 entries have selected the top 3 winners, along with 10 honourable mentions. The award ceremony is taking place on 17th July 2021 via Zoom. Winners will receive training on how to create their eBooks to be published very soon. Check out the details here: https://www.talent.hku.hk/ebook-competition
I am also running another creative writing workshop. This is the second time I am running it and this time it will be over four days. An additional session has been added which will be about book production and publishing. This is something new that wasn't included in the first one. Here are the details: https://www.talent.hku.hk/ctps-21003
Chinese translation coming soon!
I've been working on a Chinese translation for 'Can You Hear Me, Daddy?' It is very close to being ready. I am working on translating the reflection guide now and will publish it as soon as it is ready. I am working on formatting everything myself so I'm still learning the whole process as I go along. Hopefully it will be ready by the end of July 2021!
Book Contests & Awards
'Can You Hear Me, Daddy?' has won two awards from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards! It came 1st Place in the Religion & Spirituality category and 2nd Place in the Picture Book 6 & Older category!
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!
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