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“This loving picture book about a young Malaysian boy who defies gender expectations will make hearts warm and stomachs hungry. With beautifully vibrant illustrations of a traditional nyonya kitchen, Boys Don’t Fry is a heartfelt celebration of family, culture, and traditions—both old and new.”

Author’s name: Kimberly Lee

Illustrator’s name: Charlene Chua 

Other book titles: What if? (makchic, 2021)

What is your upcoming book title? Boys Don’t Fry 

Date of release: 14th November 2023 

Preorder or Order link: Macmillan, Amazon and Barnes and Noble 

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan)

Agent: Emily Forney

Agency: BookEnds Literary Agency 

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1. What are 5 things you want people to know about your book?

2. What are 5 helpful hints or tips you wish you would’ve known before starting on this publishing journey?

3. What are 5 fun/quirky facts about yourself as an adult or child?

4. Where are 5 places you find inspiration for your stories?

5. What are your 5 favorite picture books and why?

I gravitate towards picture books that are lush, lyrical and layered – or that carry concepts that resonate with me on a deeper level. Some of my favorite picture books include: 

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