Hsiao-Chen Lay was born in Taichung, and went to Northern Taiwan for college. She’s lived in Scotland and New Zealand, and has returned to her hometown of Taichung to concentrate on being a children's book writer. After writing for more than 20 years, she now focuses more on quality than on quantity. She hopes that readers of all ages can gain courage and strength from her books.
Lay is a two-time Golden Tripod Awards recipient, for Little Monkey Finds Friends in 2012 and for Little Black Goat Goes to School in 2016. She also received China Times Open Book Award Best Children’s Books of the Year twice, in 2010 and 2011, the Chiuko Modern Children’s Literature Award, the Mandarin Daily News Reed Pipe Awards and the Good Books for Everyone Award Best Children’s Books of the Year, among others.
For Victoria Lin, it’s hard to get up early to work, hard to think clearly, hard to cope with interpersonal relationships, hard to drink coffee, hard to do many things... However, it’s good that she can make a living by drawing.
She likes to try a variety of styles, but cannot necessarily do a good job using each one. Recently she likes to use a little bit of horror in her work. Her illustrations can be seen in newspapers, books and magazines.