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 drag and jump out of a plane (not at the same time!). 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: You're an EmpathyLab-trained author. What does that mean?
A: EmpathyLab is an organisation offering schools and libraries practical and innovative ways to build empathy. I belong to a team of authors who encourage children to #ReadForEmpathy, so that we can broaden their world view with stories that explore how different people’s lives are, how important it is to understand what others are going through, and act on it.
Q: What are you up to now?
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