The Girl Who Became a Goddess: Folktales from Singapore, Malaysia and China

The Girl Who Became a Goddess: Folktales from Singapore, Malaysia and China

The Girl Who Became a Goddess: Folktales from Singapore, Malaysia and China

The Girl Who Became a Goddess: Folktales from Singapore, Malaysia and China


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The Girl Who Became a Goddess is more than just a book of fables, it is a tribute to the childhood stories of someone who has experienced multiple cultures and learned to love them all. These are tales passed on from generation to generation, some to delight, some to terrify, all to enlighten. As a girl, a mother, and a teacher, Theresa Fuller retells her favorite folk stories through the lens of her own life experiences in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, putting a unique spin on ageless classics.

A foolish animal discovers that the Rain forest is a dangerous place

A ghostly boogeyman haunts a fishing village.

A beautiful princess learns that words have power.

A young boy is willing to sacrifice everything for his family.

A woman must decide between the man she loves and the human race.

The Girl Who Became a Goddess is more than a collection of stories, it is a glimpse into childhood memories and a love letter to a young girl from the adult she has become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925748086
Publisher: Subsidia Pty Ltd
Publication date: 05/27/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Theresa Fuller grew up with ghosts outside her front door. They haunted dark trees and cemeteries and were the spirits of young girls betrayed by lovers. These stories were made real by her cousins who were always recounting how just last year a child around her age had been snatched by one of these ghosts - Pontianaks. And never seen again...

Born in Singapore to Peranakan parents, Theresa was often brought to Haw Par Villa, originally a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values, as a treat. Here children are shown the ten views of Hell. She had nightmares for a week after each visit. Even today, she can visualize the demons as they tortured liars by pulling their tongues, elongating them grotesquely.

This is probably why she never wanted to be a writer. Initially.
Writers bend the truth. A little.

Theresa came to Australia for her education, met her husband, married and stayed. She worked as an analyst/programmer and later as a high school teacher. When her first son was born, she read him stories. And somehow something stirred. She remembered her grandfather and how he would tell fairy tale after fairy tale, at least ten per night until in frustration he would record them to be spared reading the same stories repeatedly.
Thus, in a strange land far away from her own family and what was familiar, she began to write. And in her stories, she could come home. To a land where boys turn into crickets and mousedeer dance laughing upon the backs of crocodiles.
Her first short story THE CRICKET SON was published in VOICES OF THE PAST, An Anthology of Stories Passed Down In Australian Families.

Her breakthrough novel is the Steampunk YA THE GHOST ENGINE, published in March 2018. It won a mentorship at the Australasian Horror Writers' Association. THE GHOST ENGINE combines her love of technology with her enthusiasm for Victorian England.

Her second novel, The Girl who became a Goddess, is a collection of folktales from Singapore. Malaysia and China published in May 2019. For this collection, Theresa drew heavily on her parents' arranged marriage.

Theresa currently resides with her family in Sydney, Australia.

Amanda J Spedding is an editor and award-winning author and comic writer whose stories have been published in local and international markets earning honourable mentions and recommended reads. She is a finalist for the 2018 Aurealis Award for fantasy short fiction, won the 2015 Australian Shadows Award for written work in a graphic novel, and the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for short fiction.
Between bouts of client editing, she is writing (and rewriting) her first novel for the eleventy-fifth time.

And short stories, oh how she loves her short stories.

Amanda lives in Sydney with her sarcastically-gifted husband and two very cool kids. And cats. She has cats. And a rabbit. We don't talk about the rabbit.

Where's her coffee?

Isabella Latorre was born in 1996 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Passionate about art since her childhood, she started her career in digital art and has been working as an illustrator and concept artist since 2017.

Table of Contents




The Mousedeer who danced on the backs of Crocodiles

The Story of Sang Kancil as I would have heard it as a Child

The Ghost I Grew Up With

The Legend of Redhill

Stone Soup

The Princess of Gunung Ledang

The Cricket Son

The Girl Who Became a Goddess

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