These Tar Heels didn’t wait to graduate UNC to become published authors

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About Enchanting Tales From Indonesia,
Written by Suzanne Blake, and was originally published in The Daily Tar Heel,
Mar 02, 2020

First-year Andari Deswandhy also had a mission when she published her children’s book, “Enchanting Tales from Indonesia.”

After experiencing a disconnect with her Indonesian culture as an international high school student, she sought to write a book connecting with her heritage. She also wanted to provide Indonesian students who are learning English stories that they would be comfortable with.

Growing up, Deswandhy said she was always called to creative writing, journaling every time she and her family went on a vacation. “Enchanting Tales from Indonesia” was the manifestation of her experiences from adapting to boarding school and a way to fight against her feeling out of touch with her culture. The book is a collection of traditional Indonesian folklore stories written in English, which Deswandhy said she was never able to find before.

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