Want to read new books written by Singapore-based authors? We talk to some writers here about their latest publications – from ‘not so far from the present day’ science fiction to self-help books. These new books are available online now.
Brenda Bence | The Forgotten Choice: Shift your inner mindset, shape your outer world
What’s your book about?
In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, with the world in a constant state of disruption, we must disrupt the one thing inside of us that can create real, positive and sustainable change: the way we think.
At every moment, we all have available to us one simple yet powerful choice that can shift you from where you are to where you want to be. We’ve always had this choice, but most of us have forgotten it. This book walks you through not only what this powerful choice is, but how to keep it front of your mind, to achieve success in your career, relationships, finances, health and beyond.
I’ve taught this forgotten choice to thousands around the world. As a result, in the book, I share dozens of fascinating real-life examples of the impact of putting this forgotten choice into action. You really can create the life you want – and it’s easier than you might imagine.
What sparked the idea for your book?
I coach people every week who are senior level leaders working for large, multinational corporations. These individuals are all incredibly smart, driven and extremely successful. Yet, despite their tremendous achievements, it’s not unusual for them to share that they don’t feel they are living up to their full potential and are not as satisfied or happy as they would like to be.
For years, in the pursuit of my own personal growth, I studied the power of thoughts and beliefs and the impact they have on the outcomes of our lives. I put this learning into practice and, as I share in the book, the results I experienced were nothing short of miraculous.
Given the incredible outcomes that I and others were seeing and experiencing from regularly remembering the forgotten choice, I was inspired to broaden its reach even further. That’s how the book came to be.
What are you hoping readers take away from your book?
Through the concepts and methods shared in The Forgotten Choice, you will learn to:
- shift easily out of a negative mindset;
- face the unknown with a sense of excitement and adventure;
- get over self-limiting beliefs, reframe your mindset and feel more in charge of your future.
All that stems from mastering a simple mindset shift to get what you want in relationships, work, finances, health and beyond.
What’s your day job?
As a Certified Executive Leadership Coach, I coach leaders across the globe. I’m fortunate to be ranked as a Top 10 Global Coach by GlobalGurus and by Thinkers50 as a World Leader in Coaching. As a motivational keynote speaker, I speak both virtually and in person to audiences around the world at conferences, corporations and conventions – these days, with a simple push of a button! I’m also an author; The Forgotten Choice is my 11th book.
Available at Kinokuniya and Times bookstores, and on Amazon and Audible.
Sam Rice | The Midlife Method
How did you get the idea for your book?
My new book was actually eight years in the making! I had my own health wake-up call back in 2012 when my brother Ben died aged 27 from complications arising from Type 1 Diabetes. I was 42 at the time, about 10 kg overweight, and not really looking after myself. I decided that I wanted to find a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight; The Midlife Method is the culmination of that process.
What research did you have to do for the book?
My first book, The Midlife Kitchen, was published in 2017 and it was really the first cookbook out there that focused on midlife health and nutrition. My co-author Mimi Spencer and I did a ton of research for that book looking at how diet can help support midlife health, from hormones to heart health, and brain function to immunity.
After it came out, I spoke to so many midlife women who felt that they were eating quite well, but weight was still creeping on around the middle. That’s when I decided to research in detail why there is this tendency to put on weight in our 40s and 50s, and I came up with an effective approach to deal with it.
What are you hoping readers will take away from your book?
Above all, The Midlife Method is about developing a positive relationship with food. While traditional diets focus on restriction and what you can’t, shouldn’t or mustn’t eat, my approach is the opposite. If you focus on eating a varied diet that’s naturally lower in calories and macro-balanced, there is absolutely no reason to restrict food groups or deny yourself the things you love to eat. By giving people the tools to manage their weight effectively, and creating recipes that are filling, delicious and nutritious, The Midlife Method can help people lose weight but, more importantly, keep it off in the future.
What’s your favourite recipe in the book and why?
Ah, that’s a difficult question but probably the one I get asked the most often. It really depends on the day. Right now, I would choose the “Quickest Ever Spinach & Chickpea Curry”, because I feel like something warm, spicy and nourishing! What’s your day job? I’m actually a full-time writer these days! It has grown from a hobby when my children were younger, to my main occupation. Apart from my books, I write freelance for several print and online publications, including the Daily Telegraph in the UK, and I’m a columnist for Top Santé magazine. I’m also starting to formulate ideas for my next book, so watch this space. Available on Book Depository.
Find out more at midlifemethod.co.uk and Instagram @midlifekitchen.
Neil Dibb | Arete-Ver. 2250 – All Men Are Created Equal
Tell us about your book.
The story is set in the year 2250. An Artificial Intelligence system is running the legal and enforcement requirements of countries, freeing up their leaders to lead and not have to legislate. The AI system is based on five principles interpreted by a set of software specialists and then applied by the AI system as laws to the countries. The system interprets the laws and enforces them with the aid of police robots.
Wow – a futuristic peek into how the world might operate in time to come! Tell us about the hero in your story.
The protagonist is a programmer on the system; he runs afoul of behind-the-scenes power brokers who are manipulating the AI system to their ends. Even though there is an ideal of equality, the system could still be controlled by unscrupulous players.
Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
I’ve had the idea in my head for a while, and the COVID shutdown gave me a perfect window to get it done. My motivation was to paint a picture of an ideal legal system in the future to contrast today’s legislative process – specifically in the US but also related to other countries.
Why did you want to put out a book with this theme?
The desire to apply laws universally without discrimination based on race, gender or wealth is the underlying basis for my writing. What do you want readers to take away from your book? I want to get them thinking and at the same time entertain them with a good storyline.
What’s your day job?
I run a dive boat charter business in Phuket, Thailand, which is currently very quiet. I was in software sales for most of my life, working for large multinational companies. This allowed me to travel extensively and see many parts of the world.
Signed copies are available at neildibb.com, and you can also buy the book at Amazon and Book Depository.
Kenneth Kwan | Small Steps to Big Changes
What made you write this book? The book counters certain common beliefs that may not be useful and shares principles and processes on how to win more in life and at work. Many of us have heard of motivational speakers encouraging you to dream big and take big steps. The problem with this thought process is that it’s unsustainable.
Big dreams and big steps work well for the highly motivated (perhaps only two percent of the population). The rest of us need to dream and win small consistently. Some people are struggling to take steps forward or even develop consistent wins.
Who should read this book?
People who want to get ahead and create more personal wins. Those that want to deliver better business results and create supporting conversations may also enjoy this book.
What are you hoping readers take away from it?
This book helps readers to turn negative or problem-focused conversations into optimistic and solution-focused ones. It shares how to develop possibilities in your conversations with others, identify what’s working and move others quickly towards that new reality.
Readers will also learn the exact words to say to overcome difficult conversations and create positive outcomes. This makes the book highly useful and practical if you need to create useful change.
What’s your day job?
I take care of three hyperactive boys, and I’m a speaker. I also run leadership training programmes and strategic planning retreats for clients. They bring in real business issues and I love working with them to deliver business results.
Learn more at smallstepstobigchanges.com.
Chrissy Tasker | Garden of Love
Eighteen different writers contribute to Garden of Love, a collection of messages with the common thread of love, and healing emotional hurt. These writers were brought together by Singaporean Chrissy Tasker.
What was your aim in compiling Garden of Love?
I really wanted to create a quality book that people would remember as an uplifting read. I felt we could all do with a little more love, hope and joy during these uncertain times. So I invited a group of authors to join me to create a book with a theme to inspire hope. Ultimately this book was created to help someone during their dark days.
What is the book about?
Garden of Love is a beautiful amalgamation of 18 authors’ life journeys and their transformations. It encompasses many traditions and voices, and offers insight on pain, struggles and love. Each voice is accompanied with passion for life and passion to inspire and bring hope. It’s my hope that there is a story amongst the collection that will resonate with all types of readers and uplift them through their hardships.
Why do you feel this book important?
A Reverend Dr Christopher Chern puts it in his foreword, “This book is written for ordinary people like you and me – tired, emotionally exhausted, overstretched, and spiritually drained from doing too many good things. Life can take any number of turns without warning. The reality is that life can be hard and difficult. Meeting the need of those who are struggling with inner pain requires a heart of love and acts of compassion and comfort”. This is the essence of the book.
Available from Amazon.com.
Evelyn Bookless | Captain Green And The Tree Machine
Evelyn Bookless was shortlisted for the Singapore Book Awards for Best Picture Book for Captain Green and the Plastic Scene. Here she discusses her newly released follow-up.
What inspired you to write this book?
Captain Green was thirsty for another eco-adventure following his first mission in Captain Green and the Plastic Scene. As deforestation is a growing concern for the health of our planet, and I had witnessed the destruction of ancient rainforests in my travels to Borneo, it was a topic I was desperate to write about, and one that I felt needed the help of a superhero.
How did you come up with the characters?
Captain Green helps three animals who are in danger due to deforestation. I chose animals who are native to Borneo: Hornbill, Elephant (a pygmy elephant) and Orangutan. Danny Deeptown, the illustrator of the Captain Green series, did a magnificent job of bringing these animals to life with his incredible and emotive art.
What message are you hoping young readers take away?
Firstly, I want children to enjoy the story. It’s a superhero adventure that happens to be about a very real issue. There are fun and lighthearted moments throughout the book, and all sorts of things to find in Danny’s detailed illustrations.
Captain Green shares six ways that we all can make a difference. Children always impress me by their willingness to help, and their genuine empathy with environmental issues affecting animals. Let’s all “Keep It Green” together!
Find out more at evelynbookless.com.
This article first appeared in Expat Living magazine. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!