Pieretta Dawn guest speaking at a reading competition.
|Born||28 January 1994|
|Education||Bangkok Patana School Tufts University|
|Genre||Fantasy, adventure, young adult, children's literature|
|Notable works||The Mermaid Apprentices|
Pieretta Dawn (born January 28, 1994) is the pen name of Praekarn (Pier) Nirandara (Thai: แพรกานต์ นิรันดร), the youngest English-writing author in Thailand. She received national critical acclaim when her debut young adult novel The Mermaid Apprentices, the first of The Interspecies Trilogy, was published at age 15 in 2009 by NanmeeBooks. Various writers have praised her work for its creativity and social message, including S.E.A. Write Award winners Jiranan Pitpreecha and Binlah Sonkalagiri.
Dawn was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She attended Bangkok Patana School, during which she published her first novel, The Mermaid Apprentices. The book was originally written in English, and Sumalee (Thai: สุมาลี บำรุงสุข), translator of the Harry Potter series, provided translation for the Thai version. The novel topped Thai bestseller lists, and was picked up for publication in Italian by Fazi Editore. She has cited her experience growing up in a multicultural environment and traveling to over 70 countries for inspiring her to “write a children’s fantasy series that tackles themes of identity, prejudice, morality, and social responsibility.”
Dawn has spoken at UNESCO symposiums, book events, and toured schools to promote reading and writing among Thai students. She has also appeared on radio and television interviews such as the popular VIP talk show, Dek Dee Ded, School Bus, and newspapers including Bangkok Post, The Nation (Thailand), and has been selected to be one of six Brand Ambassadors for the Bangkok Metropolitan's campaign "Bangkok Read for Life" in association with UNESCO. She was also awarded the Outstanding Youth Award by the Office of the Educational Council, officially selected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration as a delegate to attend the One Young World conference in Dublin, and added to Thailand's Writer's Hall of Fame. In 2014, her short story Fah was shortlisted for the S.E.A. Write Award's ASEAN Young Writers Award.
Most recently, Dawn judged the Neilson Hays Young Writers Award, and in 2017 released The Elven Ambassador, the final installment to The Interspecies Trilogy. Dawn has stated that she currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she works in Hollywood's film industry, and runs the travel blog Pier's Great Perhaps.
The Interspecies Trilogy
Dawn's debut trilogy, available in English, Thai, and Italian. All three books in the series have reached #1 on Thailand's National Bestseller List.
- 1. The Mermaid Apprentices (2009)
- 2. The Nymph Treasury (2011)
- 3. The Elven Ambassador (2017)
The Interspecies Trilogy Graphic Novel Adaptations
Adapted by Dawn and with artwork by Nonworld, graphic novel adaptations are published by Nanmeebooks in English and Thai. Limited editions have also been available at 7-Eleven stores in Thailand.
- 1. The Mermaid Apprentices: The Graphic Novel (2012)
- 2. The Nymph Treasury: The Graphic Novel Part 1 (2013)
- 3. The Nymph Treasury: The Graphic Novel Part 2 (2014)
- 4. The Elven Ambassador: The Graphic Novel Part 1 (TBD)
- 5. The Elven Ambassador: The Graphic Novel Part 2 (TBD)
Lani and The White Witch
In 2012, Dawn wrote a short story titled Lani and The White Witch, along with a graphic novel adaptation. The story is a tie-in with the Kasikornbank and Ogilvy & Mather's television commercial, and was released for free in English and Thai on the Kasikornbank's Facebook page. Two other authors also wrote stories for the commercial project, including Thailand's ex-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's sister, S.E.A. Write Award winner Ngarmpun Vejjajiva.
In 2014, Dawn was shortlisted for the S.E.A. Write Award's ASEAN Young Writers Award with her short story Fah. She has stated on her website that the story "chronicles the journey of a Thai prostitute named “Fah” (ฟ้า) which simultaneously means “blue” and “sky” in Thai."
- "Pieretta Dawn's Official Facebook".
- "The Mermaid Apprentices on NanmeeBooks".
- "Nanmee News Release: Pieretta Dawn".
- "Nanmee News Release: Pieretta Dawn".
- "Differsheet Interview Pieretta Dawn".
- "The story starts here". Archived from the original on 2010-06-06.
- "VIP Talk Show - Pieretta Dawn".
- "Dek Dee Ded interview". Archived from the original on 2010-10-08.
- "The Write Route".
- "The hunt for tomorrow's authors".
- "กทม. ร่วมกับภาคีเครือข่าย 72 หน่วยงาน ผลักดันสู่การเป็นเมืองหนังสือโลก".
- "Neilson Hays Young Writers Awards 2017".
- "Bangkok Post: What a wonderful world".
- "Pier's Great Perhaps".
- "โฆษณา KBank - ศึกแม่มดขาว โดย KBank Digital Banking".
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