Growing up in Malaysia made Celeste Lim a child incredibly envious of the children she read about in English storybooks. Where was her snow? And Thanksgiving turkey? Why were there no fairies in her garden? So, when she arrived in New York City to complete her MFA, all her dreams came true (or most of it). She decided, henceforth, to inspire in young readers the awareness of many exciting worlds that exist beyond where we live.
Celeste’s debut novel, THE BRIDE FROM HUANAN (Scholastic Press, Spring 2016), is a historical Middle Grade fantasy. In Medieval China, a girl is sold by her family to become a nursemaid and wife to a toddler husband. With the help of sentient creatures called jing, she discovers internal strength, and a destiny that is foretold to intertwine with her spirit guardian – a great, golden fox spirit.
- Favorite book growing up: JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA by Eva Ibbotson
- Childhood aspiration: To be away from Malaysia
- Favorite time of day/place to write: In bed at night, as late as is humanly possible to stay up
- Book currently reading/most recently read: GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Painting, gaming, and making life difficult for her brother (although sometimes it’s the other way around)
- Surprising personal fact: She is terrified of butterflies
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It’s sweet!
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