Tina Hou of San Diego, Calif., joined the APA in 2002. She’s currently a skill level 4 in both 8-Ball and 9-Ball. In 2008, Tina was awarded MVP in the San Diego APA. She began playing pool as an adult, immediately becoming attracted to the game because of the strategy it requires—creating a plan and executing it.

Banking on her love for pool, Tina recently published her first children’s book titled, “No Matter How Small.” She both wrote and illustrated the book. The book is aimed at the children who feel at a disadvantage because of their size.

Ellie, the main character, learns to persevere, despite her challenge of being small. The book is centered on the game of pool because it’s not limited by your physical body type. It’s a game that requires mental focus, strategy and hand-eye coordination. Tina’s hope for the book is to encourage children to believe in themselves and keep at it.

One day while practicing pool at home, Tina’s mom mentioned to her that if her grandfather were still alive, he’d give her some great pointers. Tina wasn’t even aware that her grandfather played pool! For this reason, she decided to dedicate the book to him.

“We couldn’t be happier for Tina and we’re so proud of her for her accomplishment!” said San Diego APA League Operator Jill Frankland. “Children of all ages will enjoy this inspirational story and Tina’s wonderful illustrations!”

Tina was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. at a young age. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Her work ranges from video games to mobile applications to oil paintings. She was the Senior Design Artist for “Cars: Race O Rama” and “Nicktoon’s: Globs of Doom.” Currently, she’s a Senior Artist for a company that develops popular social games.

Visit http://www.no-matter-how-small.com   or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0990801209/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_myi?m=A1QZWEML4CWMUH to purchase your copy of “No Matter How Small.”

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