By Huang Lijie
Sleep-starved from three-hourly night feeds with her infant son, author Melanie Lee started to find comfort in old friends. Specifically, imaginary friends from her childhood.
The self-confessed “dreamy kid” believed commonplace objects such as stationery led fantastical parallel lives; she would give them names and come up with stories about their everyday exploits.
That imaginative streak in her was reawakened when she found herself trying to adjust to late-night mothering duties as a new parent. Eager to breathe life into her old imaginary friends, she started to write playful stories inspired by them.