Pieretta Dawn (born January 28, 1994) is the pen name of Praekarn (Pier) Nirandara (Thai: แพรกานต์ นิรันดร), the youngest English-writing author in Thailand. She received national critical acclaim when her debut young adult novel The Mermaid Apprentices, the first of The Interspecies Trilogy, was published at age 15 in 2009 by NanmeeBooks. The novel was originally written in English, and Sumalee (Thai: สุมาลี บำรุงสุข), translator of the Harry Potter series, provided translation for the Thai version. The novel has also been published in Italian by Fazi Editore. Various writers have praised her work for its creativity, including S.E.A. Write Award winners Jiranan Pitpreecha and Binlah Sonkalagiri.
Since the publication of her book, she has attended UNESCO symposiums, book events, and visited numerous schools to promote reading and writing among Thai students. She has also appeared on radio and television interviews such as the popular VIP talk show, Dek Dee Ded, School Bus, and newspapers including Bangkok Post, The Nation (Thailand), and has been selected to be one of six Brand Ambassadors for the Bangkok Metropolitan’s campaign “Bangkok Read for Life” in association with UNESCO. She was also awarded the Outstanding Youth Award by the Office of the Educational Council, and added to Thailand’s Writer’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was a short story finalist in theS.E.A. Write Award‘s ASEAN Young Writers Award, and was officially selected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration as a delegate to attend the One Young World conference in Dublin.
In 2012, Dawn wrote a short story titled Lani and The White Witch for Kasikornbank. The story is a tie-in with the bank’s recent television commercial, and was released for free in English and Thai on the Kasikornbank’s Facebook page. Two other authors also wrote stories for the commercial project, including Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva‘s sister, S.E.A. Write Award winner Ngarmpun Vejjajiva.