The Authors

Monica Lim and Lesley-Anne Tan 

Pic: Mindy Tan for Epigram Books

Monica Lim and Lesley-Anne Tan are a mother-daughter writing team (in that order). They are  co-authors of the action-packed Danger Dan children’s book series.

Lesley-Anne likes quiet places and quiet moments. Yes, she's quiet. Why do you think she became a writer? From a young age, Lesley-Anne has had a passion for writing and a fascination with words. The first Danger Dan book was published in January 2014, when she was just 16. She was part of the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) and topped her school's Secondary 4 level in Advanced Literature 2013.

Monica is not as quiet but she has a deathly fear of public speaking. Why do you think she became a writer too? Monica runs her own writing agency for corporate clients. She also writes a popular blog on parenting and education issues, which inspired her first book The Good, the Bad and the PSLE: Trials of an Almost Kiasu Mother, published by Epigram Books in October 2013. She has been interviewed by both Singapore and international media, including the Straits Times, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Her World magazine, Young Parents Magazine, News Radio 93.8, Mediacorp, Channel News Asia, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, SingTao and RTHK, and the US documentary programme, Dan Rather Reports.

Monica and Lesley-Anne have spoken at many schools and literary events, including the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival, the Singapore Writers Festival's Words Go Round and the National Library Board's Read! Fest. Yes, that's a lot of speaking. Which is tough for one so quiet and another who dislikes public speaking. But being able to share their love of writing makes it all worthwhile.