Testimonial: Chris Mooney Singh

Testimonial: Chris Mooney Singh

chris singhNanny Eliana’s WRONG TURN, RIGHT PLACE is a welcome addition to the sparse field of Singapore fiction, especially with to its contemporary Malay perspective and sharp perception of human relationships experienced in a fast-paced Asian metropolis where East and West intersect. She writes with a sparse lyricism that is refreshingly honest and an intelligence unafraid to confront social and sexual mores even in a conservative Asian setting.

– Chris Mooney Singh, published novelist and poet

Raised in Singapore by middle-class Malay-Muslim parents, Nanny Eliana started composing short stories and poetry on her father’s typewriter at age six. As a student of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), she published her first Malay short story in the local Malay daily at 14, followed by two poems. In the same year, she was selected by an English student’s magazine and under the tutelage of a professional editor, she wrote its entertainment column for two years; this was the same year that she attended her first music press conference, for the famous rock band Jon Bon Jovi. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a double major in Theatre Studies and Sociology, then, upon graduation, plunged into freelance events management and writing for public relations and advertising agencies and women’s magazines. At 23, she became the founder and principal consultant of Bridges M&C Pte Ltd, a public relations agency. In 2010, she co-founded contract publishing firm Bridges Publishing Pte Ltd with her fiancé, a retired Major from the British Parachute Regiment. In the same year, she received an Arts Creation Fund grant from the National Arts Council to complete her first novel. The fruit of that grant is this, her first novel.