“The book is a reflection between real experiences and my creative imagination adding a twist theme for young readers to enjoy,” said Techhong who is now studying grade 12 at American Intercon School.
Techhong’s passion for writing started when he was 15 years old. With a different approach to fiction, his style is exclusive to him. As a promising writer, Techhong did not have a mentor to guide him for a better story. However, he said to improve his fiction from one to another is essential for his development. Now two books of fiction have been published in the Kingdom. However, his style of writing remains focused on his personal experiences and creative imaginations.
Techhong’s books entitled “Kampuchea Rocks” published in 2015 and “Lionhearted” were published in 2019.
The young and passionate writer chose English over his mother tongue to improve his second language. While the process of writing the novel was by Techhong alone, he also acknowledged some shortcomings in his writing.
“I had my teacher check my writing. But because he is not an English native speaker, some mistakes occurred.,” said Techhong. He also added having a mentor is essential for him. “Sometimes you need someone to show you on which direction you can go,” said Techhong.
When asked about the difficulty to publish his books by himself, he admitted it was challenging on many levels “ Aside from writing, I have also invested my own savings for the printing cost, but it was worth every riel as it is a chance to show my creativity and imagination.”
Techhong believes everyone has the power of creativity, but many don’t know how to unlock it. Currently, he said his creativity is improving everyday as he keeps practicing his writing skills.
Last year, Techhong’s fictions was sold at the Cambodia Book Fair and National Reading Day which he said was a great experience for a promising writer. His books are available in Phnom Penh’s leading bookstore Monument Books. He also revealed to GT2 to be working on his third fiction. “I enjoy using my free time to write, I care about my readers and hope they feel inspired by reading my book.” said Techhong.