Meet Heidi Shamsuddin, the author of the children's book series, The Door Under the Stairs, as she shares her inspiration, motivation and research process in writing her books at the Silverfish Festival of Cabbages.
Written for middle grade children, Heidi's chapter book series revolve around three children who find a door under the stairs at school that takes them to the past. There are 8 books planned in the series with each book featuring a key personality from history. So far two books have been published by Oyez!Books. These are The Mystery of the Missing National Anthem, and The Case of the Talented Trio.
In the first book, the three children met Tunku Abdul Rahman just before Malaysia achieved independence and helped him find the country's national anthem - Negaraku. In the second book, they met P. Ramlee who was then a struggling young artiste and helped him with his famous Bujang Lapuk performance that would later make his name.
Heidi worked as a lawyer in UK and ran a cafe in Malaysia before becoming a writer and a literary agent. 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 lives in Selangor with her husband and three children.
NEWS & EVENTS
22 Apr - 14 May - Harmony with Nature Photo Contest 2017
22-23 Apr - Pustaka Bookaroo Festival of Children's Literature
17 Apr - Introduction to the Asian Festival of Children's Content
03 - 06 Apr - Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017
18 - 26 Mar - Oyez! Children's Book Week
16 Sep - Celebrate Malaysia Day with Oyez!Books
7 June - Interview with BFM Radio