Our Team

方桂香博士

创办人,总监

创意圈出版社于1999年由方桂香博士创立。她是新加坡著名作家,更是全方位的文化人,集写作、编辑、出版,研究、评论于一身。现为创意圈出版社总监暨总编辑,《联合早报》专栏作家。18年来她为国内外许多知名作者出版了300多部中英文书,并主编了30多部作品。她自己更在这期间写作与出版了13部书,文类包括小说,诗歌,评论,专栏小品文,散文,访谈,序文,以及32万字的博士论文。

创意圈出版社在2009年在中文出版达到一个饱和点以后,选择进入一个新的等待与找寻的阶段。这时由她的弟弟方国华挑大梁,他中英兼通,擅长拓展,仅仅几年已出版了300多本英文书。中文书的出版则随着主要策划人暨主编的方桂香博士的选择转型,而进入精致化出版的阶段。只编辑出版更重质量的精致化作品。她认为,一个编辑的审稿标准,必然跟她的成长与越来越高的水平成正比。在写作上,她更体悟到写作一旦与生命质量的提升融为一体,就进入比写作更重要的阶段,那就是生命的成长跃进。

Dr. Phoon Kwee Hian

Founder, Managing Director

Candid Creation Publishing was founded in 1999 by Dr Phoon Kwee Hian. An acclaimed and multi-talented Singaporean writer, editor and publisher, equally adept in literary research and commentary, Dr Phoon is also a regular columnist at Lianhe Zaobao. Over the last 18 years, she has published more than 300 Chinese and English books from renowned international authors, as well as edited over 30 works. Dr Phoon, herself, has written some 13 books consisting of novels, prose, poems, commentaries, interviews, forewords, as well as her 320,000-word PhD thesis.

A decade into its founding, Candid Creation entered a new era with the joining of Dr Phoon’s brother, Mr Phoon Kok Hwa. Bilingual and having an eye for business development, he helped to further expand Candid Creation’s footprint by publishing over 300 English books in the span of a few years. Meanwhile, the publishing of Chinese works continued to be helmed by Dr Phoon, with the focus now elevated to literary refinement and publishing works of the highest quality – commensurate with Dr Phoon’s personal growth journey and heightened literary standards. The same is seen in Dr Phoon’s writing, which has in many ways gone beyond the art of writing itself, and is now a reflection of her keen observation, wisdom and insights into the multitudes of life.

Phoon Kok Hwa

Publisher

Phoon Kok Hwa is a Publisher at Candid Creation Publishing, an award-winning and leading bilingual independent publishing house based in Singapore, where he has spent the last decade coaching and supporting aspiring authors to get their books written, published and distributed.

Kok Hwa is a literary agent at heart, nurturing and extracting the potential book out of every aspiring author. He has helped hundred over authors from the age of 12 to 80 to take their book from idea to reality.

He believes that there is a book in every person, just waiting to be published. It comes as no surprise that he does not even restrict himself to a particular genre as he believes that authors can come from all walks of life, and are most compelling when they are themselves, writing about a subject that is close to their hearts. Kok Hwa continues to look for the distinct voices emerging from Singapore and Asia. His hope to broaden the appeal of Singapore’s published works continues to fuel his passion and creative flair for helping authors identify personally compelling narratives to drive their writing style. Apart from his personal beliefs in author expression, he also believes in a pragmatic aspect to publishing a book–personal branding–often stating that nothing produces instant credibility faster than giving away a book as a calling card.

He has built a reputation of being the publisher-of-choice for many renowned personalities and esteemed organizations, an honour made even more special as this was made possible through personal recommendations from the satisfied authors he has served.

Kok Hwa speaks regularly on publishing topics in various organizations and has been interviewed on TV, radio and newspaper to share his insights on publishing. He was also invited as a guest of radio station 938LIVE to share publishing tips in a 5-part series “Small Talk Big Returns”. He is also a co-author of the book Are You Ready to Be the Next Entrepreneur? published by Candid Creation Publishing.

Kok Hwa is also a trainer, facilitator and a Certified Action Learning Coach with World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL). He is also the 1st and only Professional Action Learning Coach in Asia and was awarded the WIAL International Coach Excellence Award in 2015. He is currently the lead facilitator for the authorship workshop “So You Want To Be An Author”, where aspiring authors are propelled towards publishing success through the 6P framework of Publishing.

Zoe Toh

Senior Editor

Zoe is a trained journalist and graphic designer. In a life before motherhood, she was a writer for parenting, architecture and motoring magazines. She has since progressed into the role of an editor.

These days, she works as a editor in order to sustain her caffeine fix. Zoe is a pedant in the kitchen who applies that same meticulousness in the editorial department. She aspires to publish her own children’s book one day.

Ryan How

Senior Editor

Ryan How is an editor for Candid Creation Publishing, adding that final touch to manuscripts before they make their transformation into books to be read by the public.

Ryan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies from National University of Singapore in 2015 with an interest in metafictional literature: fiction that exposes and highlights the fact that it is fiction, instead of creating the illusion of reality within the world it creates.

In his spare time, Ryan likes to read novels and manga, watch anime, and train at the gym. His favourite genres are detective fiction, magical realism and metafiction.

Patricia Ng

Senior Editor

Patricia’s first ‘published’ work was a nonsensical poem included in her school yearbook when she was nine. Since then, she has been fascinated with the written word. As fate would have it, her first job was in a book retail shop and that began her journey of almost thirty years in the book trade.

A few years after, she had the opportunity of learning about the other end of the business and has been involved in the entire process of publishing ever since. While familiar with the various aspects of the trade, her first love is still in writing and editing.

She has written for and edited newsletters, magazines and books, and managed publishing projects.

Felicia Tan

Senior Designer

Felicia Tan is a Senior Designer with passion in Design. She understands and is able to communicate the importance of strategically based design to the client.

With an eye for details as well as flair for design, she have successfully conceptualize, execution and implement design and web solutions for wide range of clients. She is driven to explore new ways of blending technology with art and proactive in implementing innovative design solutions.

Felicia is well-versed in the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Freehand, Macromedia Flash, Html, Basic Java, Basic Javascript and CSS. She received her training from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Corrine Teng

Senior Designer

Corrine Teng is a layout designer who enjoys working with grids, graphics and typefaces to create engaging visual compositions. Certified in visual communications, Corrine understands that persuasive spreads combine meaningful copy and compelling visual content.

In the course of her work, Corrine enjoys the creative process of crafting a design direction to match the genre and tone of a book. This process is complemented by her interest in reading and writing.

Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with over 40 authors to create visual concepts for different genres of books. She has also worked on magazines, blogs, print advertisements and Internet publications.

Our Team

方桂香博士

创办人,总监

创意圈出版社于1999年由方桂香博士创立。她是新加坡著名作家,更是全方位的文化人,集写作、编辑、出版,研究、评论于一身。现为创意圈出版社总监暨总编辑,《联合早报》专栏作家。18年来她为国内外许多知名作者出版了300多部中英文书,并主编了30多部作品。她自己更在这期间写作与出版了13部书,文类包括小说,诗歌,评论,专栏小品文,散文,访谈,序文,以及32万字的博士论文。

创意圈出版社在2009年在中文出版达到一个饱和点以后,选择进入一个新的等待与找寻的阶段。这时由她的弟弟方国华挑大梁,他中英兼通,擅长拓展,仅仅几年已出版了300多本英文书。中文书的出版则随着主要策划人暨主编的方桂香博士的选择转型,而进入精致化出版的阶段。只编辑出版更重质量的精致化作品。她认为,一个编辑的审稿标准,必然跟她的成长与越来越高的水平成正比。在写作上,她更体悟到写作一旦与生命质量的提升融为一体,就进入比写作更重要的阶段,那就是生命的成长跃进。

Dr. Phoon Kwee Hian

Founder, Managing Director

Candid Creation Publishing was founded in 1999 by Dr Phoon Kwee Hian. An acclaimed and multi-talented Singaporean writer, editor and publisher, equally adept in literary research and commentary, Dr Phoon is also a regular columnist at Lianhe Zaobao. Over the last 18 years, she has published more than 300 Chinese and English books from renowned international authors, as well as edited over 30 works. Dr Phoon, herself, has written some 13 books consisting of novels, prose, poems, commentaries, interviews, forewords, as well as her 320,000-word PhD thesis.

A decade into its founding, Candid Creation entered a new era with the joining of Dr Phoon’s brother, Mr Phoon Kok Hwa. Bilingual and having an eye for business development, he helped to further expand Candid Creation’s footprint by publishing over 300 English books in the span of a few years. Meanwhile, the publishing of Chinese works continued to be helmed by Dr Phoon, with the focus now elevated to literary refinement and publishing works of the highest quality – commensurate with Dr Phoon’s personal growth journey and heightened literary standards. The same is seen in Dr Phoon’s writing, which has in many ways gone beyond the art of writing itself, and is now a reflection of her keen observation, wisdom and insights into the multitudes of life.

Phoon Kok Hwa

Publisher

Phoon Kok Hwa is a Publisher at Candid Creation Publishing, an award-winning and leading bilingual independent publishing house based in Singapore, where he has spent the last decade coaching and supporting aspiring authors to get their books written, published and distributed.

Kok Hwa is a literary agent at heart, nurturing and extracting the potential book out of every aspiring author. He has helped hundred over authors from the age of 12 to 80 to take their book from idea to reality.

He believes that there is a book in every person, just waiting to be published. It comes as no surprise that he does not even restrict himself to a particular genre as he believes that authors can come from all walks of life, and are most compelling when they are themselves, writing about a subject that is close to their hearts. Kok Hwa continues to look for the distinct voices emerging from Singapore and Asia. His hope to broaden the appeal of Singapore’s published works continues to fuel his passion and creative flair for helping authors identify personally compelling narratives to drive their writing style. Apart from his personal beliefs in author expression, he also believes in a pragmatic aspect to publishing a book–personal branding–often stating that nothing produces instant credibility faster than giving away a book as a calling card.

He has built a reputation of being the publisher-of-choice for many renowned personalities and esteemed organizations, an honour made even more special as this was made possible through personal recommendations from the satisfied authors he has served.

Kok Hwa speaks regularly on publishing topics in various organizations and has been interviewed on TV, radio and newspaper to share his insights on publishing. He was also invited as a guest of radio station 938LIVE to share publishing tips in a 5-part series “Small Talk Big Returns”. He is also a co-author of the book Are You Ready to Be the Next Entrepreneur? published by Candid Creation Publishing.

Kok Hwa is also a trainer, facilitator and a Certified Action Learning Coach with World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL). He is also the 1st and only Professional Action Learning Coach in Asia and was awarded the WIAL International Coach Excellence Award in 2015. He is currently the lead facilitator for the authorship workshop “So You Want To Be An Author”, where aspiring authors are propelled towards publishing success through the 6P framework of Publishing.

Zoe Toh

Senior Editor

Zoe is a trained journalist and graphic designer. In a life before motherhood, she was a writer for parenting, architecture and motoring magazines. She has since progressed into the role of an editor.

These days, she works as a editor in order to sustain her caffeine fix. Zoe is a pedant in the kitchen who applies that same meticulousness in the editorial department. She aspires to publish her own children’s book one day.

Ryan How

Senior Editor

Ryan How is an editor for Candid Creation Publishing, adding that final touch to manuscripts before they make their transformation into books to be read by the public.

Ryan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies from National University of Singapore in 2015 with an interest in metafictional literature: fiction that exposes and highlights the fact that it is fiction, instead of creating the illusion of reality within the world it creates.

In his spare time, Ryan likes to read novels and manga, watch anime, and train at the gym. His favourite genres are detective fiction, magical realism and metafiction.

Patricia Ng

Senior Editor

Patricia’s first ‘published’ work was a nonsensical poem included in her school yearbook when she was nine. Since then, she has been fascinated with the written word. As fate would have it, her first job was in a book retail shop and that began her journey of almost thirty years in the book trade.

A few years after, she had the opportunity of learning about the other end of the business and has been involved in the entire process of publishing ever since. While familiar with the various aspects of the trade, her first love is still in writing and editing.

She has written for and edited newsletters, magazines and books, and managed publishing projects.

Felicia Tan

Senior Designer

Felicia Tan is a Senior Designer with passion in Design. She understands and is able to communicate the importance of strategically based design to the client.

With an eye for details as well as flair for design, she have successfully conceptualize, execution and implement design and web solutions for wide range of clients. She is driven to explore new ways of blending technology with art and proactive in implementing innovative design solutions.

Felicia is well-versed in the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Freehand, Macromedia Flash, Html, Basic Java, Basic Javascript and CSS. She received her training from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Corrine Teng

Senior Designer

Corrine Teng is a layout designer who enjoys working with grids, graphics and typefaces to create engaging visual compositions. Certified in visual communications, Corrine understands that persuasive spreads combine meaningful copy and compelling visual content.

In the course of her work, Corrine enjoys the creative process of crafting a design direction to match the genre and tone of a book. This process is complemented by her interest in reading and writing.

Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with over 40 authors to create visual concepts for different genres of books. She has also worked on magazines, blogs, print advertisements and Internet publications.