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It’s been a busy summer for agent Miranda Paul at EMLA. While navigating the pandemic hasn’t been easy, she reports that “there have definitely been moments of joy.”

Recently, Publisher’s Weekly announced another deal for Miranda’s client Suma Subramaniam. Congratulations, Suma! Miranda and Suma thank everyone who posted love on social media alongside the deal announcement for She Sang for India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice for Change. 2022 is going to be a big year for Suma with this book released early in the year, and Namaste is a Greeting releasing in the fall of ’22. We can’t wait!

This summer Miranda has also been wrapping up new deals and subright sales for her other clients including author Chana Stiefel, author/illustrator Yangsook Choi, and illustrator Aeron Cargill. More details to come! (If you’re not familiar with these individuals, make sure to look them up by clicking their names). 

To wrap up the week, Miranda is also announcing her newest client, Doua Moua!

Doua is best known for his menacing role as Fong/Spider in Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino for which The Star Tribune hailed him "a star in the making.” Soon, fans will get to see him play Po in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Doua has appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, ABC, The Sundance Channel, and CBS. As a screenwriter, Doua has received recognition for his scripts on the Cape List/Black List, as a We Screenplay Finalist, and an Acadamy Nicholl Fellowship Semi-Finalist. More at https://www.douamoua.com/.

Until we can announce more big news, here’s an interview with Doua Moua to tide you over.

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DOUA MOUA AND AGENT MIRANDA PAUL 

Miranda: What was your favorite book as a kid? What did you like about it?

Doua: Frog and Toad! The reason I like this book series is because I grew up feeling like a Toad. Being an immigrant, as a first generation Hmong American, I felt different from all the other kids. I can relate to this book series because even a Toad can find friend in a big pond.

Miranda: Why do you want to write books for kids?

Doua: I’ve wanted to write a kids’ book ever since I had nieces and nephews. I want to inspire my nieces and nephews that the impossible is just a step away from saying “I’m possible.” All you need is to reach for the stars even if they’re millions of miles away. 

Miranda: In what ways are acting and screenwriting similar to writing books for kids? In what ways have you found it different so far?

Doua: The smiliarities of acting, screenwriting and writing kids book are storytelling and trying to build a world. The difference between them is perspective. With writing Kids’ books, the format is different. Even the kids’ books I grew up with are different from kids’ books nowadays. Kids’ perspectives nowadays are so much more advanced than when I grew up. 

Miranda: What are you working on, if you can share?  

Doua: I am currently working on four different screenplays and I continue to be inspired to write kids’ books that are relevant and poignant for the next generation. But I am also thinking about diving into potentially writing a graphic novel. If anyone has ideas for me, I would love to hear them all! 

Have a safe and happy weekend, everyone!