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Malaysia writer Paik-Leong Ewe publishes thriller
In Paik-Leong Ewe’s first book, A China Doll of KL (2014, Monsoon Books, Singapore), a mainland-China hooker comes to the seedy underbelly of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, to seek her fortunes, and falls in love with one of her clients, an alcoholic artist, while a serial killer targets her as his next victim.
Paik-Leong worked with Continuing Studies instructors to prepare his book for publication: Laurie Scheer in the online course “Creative Nonfiction,” Angela Rydell in “How to Write Compelling Fiction” and “Take Your Characters to Dinner,” as well as Lori Devoti in “Deepening Fiction: Advanced Story-Telling Techniques.”
Paik-Leong says, “By keeping their pointers and advice in the forefront of my mind while writing, I was able to perk up my prose to a publishable standard. Several submitted assignments were tweaked into scenes for incorporation into the novel. ”