Author's Comment: Q: You're very well known in Australia now, as both a writer and illustrator, but you started as an illustrator. Did you think you would end up writing as much as you do?
A: Actually, my first books, 'Speak Chinese, Fang Fang!' and 'Fang Fang's Chinese New Year,' I both wrote and illustrated - though it may seem as if I am more known as an illustrator because I won the 'Children's Book Council Crichton Award' for illustration back in 1997. From there, I continued writing and illustrating my own books until I was asked to illustrate a novel for Di Bates called 'The Shape'. After that more publishers began to approach me with illustrating work. Nowadays, the illustration work comes to me, whereas the writing work is mainly up to me to instigate. However, I think in terms of output, they're probably pretty even.