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Whenever there were pockets of time, even at odd hours, she worked on her book: “I gave myself a target of writing 1,000 words every day. As long as I write something, even if it’s not great, I can work on it the next morning. When you know where your focus is, you can write quality stuff .”
And Jo-Ann is her own greatest critic. As a former magazine editor, editing on-the-go was almost innate to her.
But drawing the balance between obsessing over her work and enjoying the journey was important.
She didn’t fixate on the book’s ending because, to her, book characters are alive. “I didn’t know how to end it at the beginning, so I let my characters transform on their own.”
And she shared her preliminary work only with one friend, whom she describes as her “personal cheerleader”.
“He would say things like ‘I can’t wait to see what happens to this character’ or ‘I’m very excited to know what happens in the next chapter’. Without him, I’m not sure if I would’ve finished my book in time,” she says.
But finished it is, and Jo-Ann got to have her cake and you get to eat it.
ART DIRECTION Shan
DIGITAL IMAGING Sebastian Lee
STYLING Violet Foo, assisted by Praveena Ravin
HAIR & MAKEUP Zoel Tee, using Hanz De Fuko & 3INA
This was first published in the May issue of our magazine.