Sue Pickford Cheung was born Ying Yee Cheung in Nottingham in 1971. She was given her English name to make it easier for the other children to remember.
Sue grew up in the very colourful environment of a Chinese restaurant, scribbling her doodles on the edges of menus.
At seventeen the doodling paid off when she won a scholarship to the London College of Fashion, which led, in a roundabout way, to a job as an art director in advertising.
Her dream, though, was to live by the sea and write and draw children's books. Which she now does.
Chinglish, is Sue's first novel. Featured on BBC Woman's Hour, BBC Breakfast, the Guardian and in The Big Issue, it won the Diverse Book Award for 2020. Set in a Chinese takeaway, it's a largely autobiographical, YA novel and is very, very funny.
Maddy Yip's Guide to Life is the first in Sue's new middle-grade series for younger readers. Both Sue's writing and illustrations are full of comedy. A second book, Maddy Yip's Guide to Holidays, comes out with Andersen in 2022.
Sue Cheung is represented by The Catchpole Agency.