40 years on, where are the young ones in VN headed?

On 30th April 1975 the young men of America came home from war. Forty years on, in the Little Saigon’s of America, the end of that war is still commemorated as a day of mourning. And in that place across the vast ocean, where the blood of other young men and their fathers and old women and their daughters, has … Continue reading


Sending my writing out into the world has always been heart opening and humbling, in equal measure. With Heart Bones, it was no different. When it went into the world, I steeled myself for criticism and non-understanding. I also opened myself to affirmation. I’ve been touched by the fan letters that came back saying I’d … Continue reading

Talking about Heart Bones on Lion City Lit

It’s been a hectic month – Work, participating in the Iowa Writers Workshop’s MOOC, travelling, trying to take in at least a little bit of the Singapore Writers’ Festival. One of the nicest things about Writer’s Fest is bumping into fellow writers. Over a coffee, I met Raelee Chapman of the Asian Books Blog. We … Continue reading

Homelessness? Or a kind of freedom?

We have been in Vietnam for a week now, the first few days in the new family home in the Delta. The new home, housing the family altar with my in-laws’ ashes, is a modern grey and white villa near the lower branch of Mekong River.  It’s comfortable and airy with a small fountain and newly … Continue reading

Immensely grateful to be a daughter of Singapore

It may be unfashionable but I’m shouting it out anyway –  It’s good being a daughter of Singapore. It’s something to be immensely grateful for. I had flown from the Little Red Dot to the North Eastern USA for a wedding and then a book reading in Virginia. Unexpectedly, my country offered me a launch in their … Continue reading

Who are you to write about it?

I’m defending my right to write about the “other” on Caroline Allen’s Art of Story Writing blog. http://artofstorytelling.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/who-are-you-to-write-about-it/ Caroline is a writing coach with an interesting approach to releasing and allow our creativity to bubble out. Her online writing course is starting in February. Do go over there to see what she’s all about.

Talking about Heart Bones on National Critics Choice

Here’s National Critics Choice’s video of the book chat about As the Heart Bones Break at Select Books

People are blogging about Heart Bones

Clara Freeman and Molly Grabowski do really interesting reviews of other books too. Please do go over there for a look at what they said about Heart Bones and all their other reviews – Thank you Clara – http://clara54.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/author-spotlight-audrey-chin-talks-about-her-new-book-and-brings-a-gift/ Thank you Molly – http://mismatchedbookends.blogspot.sg/2013/11/meet-audrey-chin-author-of-as-heart.html  

Pitching Heart Bones to movie producers Tuesday night!

These are the bones of the story. Please let them speak to you as I pitch … What do you think? Will material artefacts add to or detract from my pitch? Love to have your tips;)

On The Dirt Road to Dystopia with Nadeem Aslam and Kim Young Ha

What is Dystopia? Does the Road to Dystopia need to be made of dirt? Are our modern and comfortable societies already on the road to Dystopia? These were the weighty questions thrown at a panel I was featured on at a Singapore Writer’s Festival, together with literary eminents Nadeem Aslam and Kim Young-Ha, and moderated by experienced Hong Kong journalist Steven McCarty. http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/author-details/nadeem-aslam … Continue reading