Weng Wai Chan was born in Singapore and moved to New Zealand with her family at the age of eight. She is the Chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors. Her children’s novel Lizard’s Tale is set in Singapore during World War II and explores themes of race, empire, friendship and belonging in Singapore in the final years of the British Empire. This action-packed debut draws on the childhood experiences of the author’s father for its setting, and was a Listener best-of-2019 read. Lizard’s Tale is also a 2020 Storylines Notable Book, and won the Esther Glen medal for junior fiction at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2020.