About

Q: What's the scariest thing about being an author?

A: When you're asked to go on live...LIVE(!) TV and radio and have to try not to poopy your pants. Watch/listen below:

• BBC Breakfast TV with Roger Johnson and Sally Nugent 

• BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour with Jane Garvey

• BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour podcast with Jane Garvey (listen from 45.20 mins)

• BBC Radio Coventry part 1 (the city where Chinglish is set) with Vic Minett

• BBC Radio Coventry part 2 with Vic Minett

• BBC Radio London with Jo Good

Q: What's going on in the pictures above?

A:  1) Me aged 2 pretending to drive Dad's Ford Escort with my eyes shut  2) Me aged 7 with a Chinese bao (steamed bun) stuffed in my mouth while wearing a fetching pair of Rupert the Bear trousers  3) Fast forward to me aged 22 with my son wearing a pair of Rupert the Bear trousers  4) The only sensible photo of me I could find (I'll pretend that's my boat)

Q: Where are you from?

A: Ha ha! Loads of people ask me that because my accent is so perfectly English that they get a bit flummoxed. My parents emigrated over from Hong Kong in the 1960s and I was born in Nottingham (I've never been to HK). My name was originally Ying Yee Cheung, but when I started school it got changed to Sue Cheung, so that people could remember it better.

Q: When did you decide to become a writer/illustrator?

A: I've been able to draw ever since I could pick up a crayon without eating it. I've been fascinated by picture books since infant school. In my 20s I decided to put some ideas together and it wasn't until I was in my 30s that I got my first picture book published Bob & Rob.

Q: If you weren't an author or artist, what would you like to be?

A: When I was a teen I wanted to be a fashion designer (in 1988 I won a scholarship to The London College of Fashion through a competition in Mizz girl's magazine). I also fancied window dressing for Selfridges, or failing that, becoming a backing singer for Duran Duran (a boy band from the 80s who are now ancient and wrinkly).

Q: What do you do when you're not working on your books?

A: I love yoga (I can do headstands on demand!). I also scuba dive around the world with sharks, manta rays and dolphins. I'm quite good at painting too, with oils, gouache and acrylics.

Q: What are some things people don't know about you?

A: I'd love to do a cabaret in drag, handstand up the stairs and jump out of a plane (with parachute on obviously!). My fave TV programmes are Bake Off and Gogglebox, but I'm also a huge Game of Thrones fan. I can't speak, read or write Chinese. I'm a reiki practitioner and meditation guide and have two rescue cats who help keep me Zen.

Q: What are you up to now? 

A: I try to keep everyone up-to-date by posting on my blog here. Or even better, follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by going to the homepage and clicking on the icons.

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