Look at my Desk – David Seow

David Seow hails from Singapore and we have crossed paths many time over the past few years so when seeing him again in Singapore I collared him for an entry for teh looking in to the desks and creative spaces of authors and illustrators. So here is Davis’ creative place:


David Seow - the desk

David Seow – the desk

It’s hard to say this is my creative space because I tend to go to different places to get inspiration, be it a café, the library, or the Botanical Gardens here in Singapore. But when I’m at home, this is my creative space. I got my desk from IKEA when I moved house about six years ago. It’s simple but functional.

I worked on my picture books There’s Soup on My Fly, If I Were a Blue Kangaroo, and Emma’s Elephant at this desk. I’m currently working on two new stories: The Shophouse and A Day with the Duchess.

As I’m a big kid, I like to have my toys around when I work. On my desk I have a limited edition Wolverine action figure and a limited Obi Wan Kenobi, so when I get into a creative slump I let Obi Wan and Wolverine duke it out.

The thank you notes are from the students at the two international schools here. Whenever I feel like quitting writing, and that’s fairly frequent, I look at the notes and I think, “OK, I’ll stick with it for a while longer”.

The small note pad is from a student at The Overseas Family School. It’s great for taking notes on the spur of the moment. There’s also a framed photo of my niece and three nephews who are the inspiration for my first series of books, The Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di series and Alexander’s Adventure Machine. If they hadn’t been born I might have never started writing. So a big thanks goes out to them and my brother and sister-in-law for deciding to have kids.

The framed photo of the Duchess of Cambridge on my desk is a recent addition and I like it because it captures the moment when my mum presented the duchess with my book Blow A Kiss. Quite a few people I’ve given my books to have ended up getting pregnant shortly afterwards. Guess what? Kate was pregnant two months after this photo was taken! So it seems my books are great fertility aids.

Wonderful. Thanks David for joining the crew.

David’s latest books are:
If I Were a Blue Kangaroo, and
Emma’s Elephant.

You can find him at his Facebook page or on his blog – or next time you pop into Singapore!


3 Responses to Look at my Desk – David Seow

  1. Thanks, Chris! Great post highlighting author David Seow…I’m loving his books, Emma’s Elephant and Blow a Kiss and have given both of them glowing reviews.:)
    By the way, I brought your ‘Water’ book to my local SCBWI meeting and everyone LOVED it!They felt the text was lyrical and the illustrations glistened!

    viviankirkfield July 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply
  2. Great blog! My children are huge fans of David’s books. We have Soup on My Fly, Blow a Kiss, Blue Kangaroo and Emma’s Elephant in our home and all of them are favourites. Great to get a glimpse into his creative space. Thank you Chris Cheng. Thoroughly enjoyed this blog 🙂

    catherine carvell July 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply
  3. Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂

    david seow August 10, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply

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