8 Questions with Ovidia Yu

Ovidia Yu is the author of the Aunty Lee Singaporean Murder Mysteries series (Aunty Lee's Delights, Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge) and the Crown Colony Crime series (The Frangipani Tree Mystery, The Betel Nut Tree Mystery, The Paperbark Tree Mystery, The Mimosa Tree Mystery). https://www.ovidiayu.com/


Which talent would you most like to have?

Visual memory. I have great difficulty remembering faces out of context whether it’s present neighbours, former schoolmates or government ministers.


What is your most treasured possession?

My eyesight.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being mentally exhausted from working hard at something I consider worth doing and physically tired from time spent outdoors walking and/or swimming and being able to sleep deep with no worries. (Eating durian usually makes me happy too)


What is your motto?

Do what you want. Or what moves you closer to what you want.


How would you like to die?

By choice. Preferably for a reason. But failing that I’ll be happy to go in the middle of a book.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

If I could choose? I’d like to come back as myself and see if I can put those dreadful school years to better purpose next time around. But then the last thing I want to do is go back to school, so maybe that’s not such a good idea.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

I don’t think any virtues you try to practice can be overrated. But I believe every virtue you try to impose on anyone who’s over sixteen years old and not your child is.


What is your current state of mind?

Right now I’m working on the 3rd draft of the Cannonball Tree Mystery, trying to restructure (this will be 9th draft) The Granite Portal, preparing for the September launch of The Mimosa Tree Mystery in non-digital form so I’m kind of detached from the rest of life.