Daphne Lee is an editor and writer, and a creative writing teacher.
She has been consulting editor at Scholastic Asia since 2009 and is passionate about promoting and supporting the work of writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature with Asian content. To this end, Daphne played an integral role in the creation of the Scholastic Asian Book Award and the Scholastic Picture Book Award. She is also a committee member of the Malaysian Writers Society.
For twelve years, Daphne wrote Tots to Teens, a column about children’s and YA books, for Malaysian daily The Star. Following that, she had a monthly column, called Localise, that focused on the Malaysian publishing industry.
Apart from her work at Scholastic Asia, Daphne freelances as an editor and creative writing teacher.
Daphne also writes stories, and is especially interested in Asian folklore, myths, and supernatural beliefs.
She curated and edited Malaysian Tales: Retold & Remixed (ZI Publications) in 2011 and Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales (Terrer Books) in 2018.
Bright Landscapes, Daphne’s first collection of short stories, was published by Malaysian indie small press Laras 99 in 2019.
She is currently working on a new short story collection, as well as her first novel, and has plans for an online archive of Malaysian folktales.
Daphne lives in Kuala Lumpur with her three children and two cats.