[The Straits Times] Turning 35 prompted Yeoh Jo-Ann to complete winning Epigram Books Fiction Prize novel

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The author, now 36, said it was like “having your life smack you in the face”, a fortnight of feeling the lowest she had ever felt.

She could not shake the idea that she might be halfway through her life – or even more than that, if she were to die at the same age as her father, who died of cancer aged 60.

Yeoh, a client operations director with a digital marketing agency, emerged from the meltdown with two resolutions: one, put her family ahead of her career; and two, finish the novel she had been meaning to write.

[Read the original article by Olivia Ho]