NOTE: Don Bosco is the author of the award-winning LION CITY ADVENTURES series, about a society of children dedicated to exploring Singapore, making new friends and solving mysteries. This post is part of a series about the creative inspiration behind the books, the publishing process, etc.

Here are 10 amusing bits of information about Don Bosco and why he writes books for children. If you think you’re sort of like him, who knows, one day you could be writing stories for a living too! All you need is your imagination.

— I started writing stories for children in 2011, basically to entertain my own children and show them how books are made. And also to prove to them that there’s more to writing than the English compositions you get for homework. We created a publishing studio and named this Super Cool Books. What fun!

— My first story was the Time Talisman series, which was originally published by Select Books as ebooks. I hope to release this as a paperback one day. I have some really cool covers for them waiting. Somewhere. On one of my old laptops. I’ll need to look. Or it might be easier to make up new covers. What do you think?

— In early 2012, I started publishing my own Sherlock Hong Adventures series, based on an old idea that I had for a comic book. This series was acquired by Marshall Cavendish in 2015 and we’ve since added a few new books.

— I love creating mystery and adventure stories, about interesting girls and boys who must be both clever and brave in order to do something important. And I always include funny bits to make you laugh. Well, it’s also for me, because admit it, who doesn’t like to laugh?

— My favourite authors who wrote for children include Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Oliver Jeffers, Enid Blyton, Robert Arthur Jr who wrote the Three Investigators series but didn’t include his name on the books, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, and Hergé who created the Tintin comics. Yes, I do think comics are books too.

— When I’m writing stories, I sometimes walk around my room and act out the scenes, because it helps me understand how the characters are feeling. Once one of my sons walked in suddenly with a question about his homework and caught me role playing a swordfighting scene. I was being both the good character and the villain. He thought I had gone bonkers. But I managed to assure him it was just work. Phew!

— The hardest part about writing stories is knowing when to stop. I always want the adventures to just go on and on, because I have so much fun.

— When I have a lot of money, a great fortune, I’d love to build a giant Lion City Adventures amusement park with all sorts of thrilling rides and fantastic games for children and parents to enjoy. And everyone would also get to write their own Lion City Adventures short stories and have these published and put in a multi-story library for others to enjoy. (Multi-story in this case refers to many floors, and also many stories, you see. A bit of clever word play.)

— After Lion City Adventures won two awards at the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, I decided to help other writers create and publish their own books for children too. I share a lot of helpful guides on my website, and I make it a point to meet with other writers and share ideas.

— I enjoy making music, and I’ve played the ukulele at book launch events. I’ve written a whole bunch of songs inspired by the Lion City Adventures series, especially the second book, Secrets of the Heartlands. I need to get a band together so we can go to a recording studio and record the songs properly. Do get in touch if you think you’d like to a rock star or something. We could have a go at it.


Book 1: Lion City Adventures

Book 2: Secrets of the Heartlands

Book 3: Island of Legends

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Yes, SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) has been nominated for this year’s POPULAR READERS’ CHOICE award. Please take some time to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

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For updates about Don Bosco’s new book projects, visit the Super Cool Books website here.