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Shamini Flint: Writing for a better world

  • Vennilla Rajaguru

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Ubud, Bali   /   Thu, October 23 2008   /  10:56 am
SHAMINI FLINT: (JP/Venilla Rajaguru)(JP/Venilla Rajaguru)

SHAMINI FLINT: (JP/Venilla Rajaguru) Eclectic writer-cum-entrepreneur Shamini Flint likes to discuss environmental issues and the need for Asian children to read more about Asia. In 2004, Shamini set up the Singapore-based Sunbear Publishing Co. "to fill a niche in the Southeast Asian book market". Since then, 70,000 of her books have been sold to date. Her prolific writings can be grouped under three genres: picture books for children aged five years and up, which includes the Sasha series of 13 books set in Singapore and other cities of Asia; tales of endangered animals and adventure novels for children aged nine and up; and crime fiction for adults. The common backdrop in all of these different genres is, of course, different landscapes of contemporary Southeast Asia. "I'm fascinated by modern Asia," said Flint on the sidelines o...