Several days ago I got a message from a reader of my novel "Antusiasme" (Enthusiasm in Indonesian version). She said she would be the first person who would read my second book of Enthusiasm Saga if it was going to publish in Indonesia. How did I feel when reading her message? I just wanted to sit down many hours and writing. Yes, just writing! But the real world speaks differently. I have to be wise to divide my hours among family, work, study, and some other activities including writing.
Yes, her statement has made me more enthusiastic to write and finish soon my second book. More other sources which can make me more enthusiastic and confident to write the second book are from the result of the interviews I held last months. Below is the second interview submitted in English that has made my days as a writer and an author.
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|Coki, Roko, and Riti, the siblings.|
The decision to pick carrier pigeon as my main character was supported also by Letha Humes, my former teacher. She worked as a publishing consultant and editor in the same office I worked in Jakarta. She greatly encouraged me to get into children’s book writing seriously. My former director, Mr. H.A. Oppusunggu was also the best supporter for me to get involved in publishing children’s books.
Sometimes I got ideas or inspiration just by walking at park or surrounding my house, listening to birds’ chirping or examining birds’ actions. As I heard birds busily chirping on trees, my heart was tickled and I wondered, wanted to know what exactly they were “talking” about? Or if I was outside the house and incidentally saw a bird flew fast at the sky above my head, my heart wondering, “What is happening? Why this little buddy flew in hurry? Is there any important message that it wants to pass to its friends?” My imagination and my observation were blended together to develop the stories.
|Yoseph Jee, illustrator of Coki book in series, an Indonesian who lives in Australia.|
A: Why do you want to be an author for children book?
|One of Coki's fans is from USA.|
The other key is to add humor and fun things on the stories because children love to play and have fun. In each series I always add a simple game based on the story so the readers can have fun playing the game as well as enjoying the story. The other important key that make Coki’s stories interesting is its cute illustration. I am so blessed that I met Yoseph Jee, a talented and dedicated illustrator for children’s books. His illustrations are great, cute, and lively.
A: How is your participation to introduce your book to children?
|Melkisedhek from Biak was so happy receiving COKI.|
If I heard my friends would go to remote areas in Indonesia islands, I entrusted Coki’s books to my friends so they could bring Coki’s books to that area and gave them away to children there or to school libraries. In 2012 when Coki celebrated his 12 years anniversary, I invited Coki’s fans to participate on an event where they could donate books or Coki’s books to libraries in remote areas in Indonesia, or they just simply gave Coki’s books as gifts to children they knew.
A: After reading Enthusiasm, what the things have influenced you in your writing activities and as a writer?
Y: Be an enthusiastic person is what a I want to apply in my writing activities. If God has given me the gift of writing, I have to do it diligently. I have to dedicate my time, thoughts and strength for writing. God has a plan for me through this activity.
|Yunita and Enthusiasm|
Y: I like the description of the author’s simple daily life, especially relating to her plan to start writing a novel. As she loves to write and enjoy teaching people how to write, she felt God wanted her to write a novel and published it in English. She was pretty convinced of this desire, moreover her husband gave her a new laptop to support her writing activity.
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Arranging one more author interview will be published soon. She is from USA. about 1 minute ago from web