Heidi Shamsuddin worked as a lawyer in UK and ran a cafe in Malaysia in a previous life. She won the first prize of the Eye Level Children’s Literature Competition (Regional level) with her short story “Johan the Bee Hunter” in 2012. She began writing The Door Under the Stairs chapter book series in 2013. Heidi loves traveling, hiking, taking pictures, cooking and meeting people. She lives in Selangor with her husband, three kids and two cats.
1. What makes you laugh?
Silly situations in books and movies, funny words like 'iron' and 'picnic', and our kitten Atticus who likes to leap all over the place like a rabbit.
2. Why do you like children's books?
Children's books have the best, most outrageously funny stories and characters.
3. What is your favourite food?
Durian. No! I'm joking! have lots of favourite foods, but at the moment I am crazy about Mango Sticky Rice.
4. Draw or doodle a self portrait.
Sure, but I have to warn you that I'm not a great drawer of things.
5. What inspires you?
What inspires me? Everything - family, friends, people who annoy me, places I've travelled to, things I've read and random conversations.