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Episode 26 Interview with Author, Illustrator Lenny Wen

Updated: May 21, 2023

In this episode we chat with author, illustrator Lenny Wen about her debut picture book Spicy Spicy Hot. We talked about her perseverance and the work it took to redo her portfolio that ultimately got her representation by the cat agency. We also learn how she came up with the idea for her adorable book. Thanks for listening.

A heartwarming and humorous story about one girl determined to embrace the spice of sambal in order to connect with her grandmother and heritage—perfect for fans of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Thank You, Omu!

When Lintang finally gets to taste her nenek’s yummy, mouthwatering sambal, she’s delighted! But when she takes a bite it’s . . . SPICY!

Her lips burn, her mouth feels like it’s on fire, and her taste buds are crying for help. Desperate to fit in with her family, Lintang tries many different types of sambal, but they’re . . . HOT!

With a little help from Nenek, will Lintang find a way to beat the heat and connect with her Indonesian heritage?


Lenny Wen is a children’s book illustrator/ author born and raised in Indonesia. She currently lives in the countryside of Austria.

She loves to draw whimsical, spooky, funny, and nostalgic childhood illustrations, possessing a mixture of storytelling, imagination, and emotion.

You can visit her online at or @lunartcy on Instagram.

You can find her debut picture book


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Cover art by Olga Herrera

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