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:
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?
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