The Author Ming Tan was born in Singapore and spent time in England, California, and New York, before returning with an Australian husband and an American son. Two Singaporean children later, they are a global focus group for her professional and creative endeavours. Near and Far is her first children’s picture book. The IllustratorAli Shandi Ramadan lives in Surabaya, Indonesia. His designs and illustrations are inspired by manga, anime and his two beautiful children. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, plays football, and loves running around randomly in the yard.