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Srong Chanratana: Ditch romance, get more done

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Srong Chanratana, author of five books, says that her love for developing ideas, drawing, thinking and writing since she was young inspired her to become a writer. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Srong Chanratana: Ditch romance, get more done

Srong Chanratana, author of five books, says that her love for developing ideas, drawing, thinking and writing since she was young inspired her to become a writer. She is gaining support from readers for her books, which include books of short stories, motivational books and novels.

“I first stepped into the writing field by posting some encouraging messages to people and leading people to think positively. Later, I published my first novel titled The Way of Life. At first, I just wanted to see the novel come out as a book, but after support from many readers, I had the courage to continue to walk on this path,” she said.

Her 300-page novel shows the struggle of working towards reaching one’s dreams without giving up. The author suggests that in order to achieve more, young people should set aside love or romance.

“Each of my work is filled with memories, and I love these works equally,” she said. “The book is a good partner for hard workers.”

She said her writing contains insights for people who share her attitudes about life and work, which don’t always comport with other’s expectations, especially in the workplace, like in As a Worker, which has tips to make decisions and solve problems in the workplace.

“There are a lot of answers for employees who have the same problems as me, who do not get along with supervisors, do not like colleagues’ attitudes, or don’t like ideas being buried. In fact, I am a diamond in the dark. I am not just a lamp for a dark place, I have to shine like a diamond.

“I do not go to work to win over gossipers, I have my principles. If people say I’m coming from a dirty place, I will give them time to let them know who is the real winner. I will show them the diamond light of the future,” she said.

Chanratana also has a 362-page book of six short stories titled White Heart, a short novel 231-pages in length titled Souveniers and a 96-page book titled 34 Years of Memories.

Chanratana is the third child of four siblings whose parents run a business where she was born in Kampong Cham province. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from a university in Phnom Penh, where she currently resides.

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