Thursday, May 12, 2022

Katie & Kevin Tsang Interview - Dragon City


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Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. As well as the DRAGON REALM series, they are the co-writers of the young fiction series SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID (Egmont) and Katie also writes YA as Katherine Webber.
  

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Katie: Stories connect people! They are a wonderful way to understand other experiences, but most of all they provide entertainment and an escape from reality.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Kevin: Hearing from our readers! We love when readers take the time to write us letters and tell us that the books are meaningful to them.

Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Katie: I can’t remember not wanting to be a writer, it always was my dream job!
Kevin: I loved telling stories, but I didn’t realise that I could be a writer until I met Katie and saw how driven she was to pursue being an author. And then she took me along on the ride!

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
We are currently working on the 5th book in the Dragon Realm series, as well as a new young fiction series called Space Blasters. Katie also writes YA novels so is working on edits for one of her YA novels.

In your newest book; DRAGON CITY, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
KT: Dragon City is set in an alternate future run by evil dragons, and our heroes have to survive and save the day!

What part of Billy did you enjoy writing the most?
KT: Billy is very loyal and cares a lot for his friends, we really enjoyed writing that, as well as his bond with his dragon Spark.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing DRAGON CITY?
KT: There is one scene in particular between Billy and Spark that we both found very emotional!

Last thing you made with your own hands?
Kevin: I love cooking, so I made homemade tortillas recently
Katie: I do lots of crafts with our young daughter, so the last thing I made was a painting with her.

What is your greatest adventure?
Having a family together and writing books together.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
Katie: A Wrinkle in Time, I loved that it was an epic adventure with family relationships at its heart
Kevin: Jurassic Park – I loved how exciting it was!

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Taking care of our 6 month old daughter!

TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
(we did some as a couple and some individually)
  • We met studying abroad in Hong Kong
  • We’ve travelled to over 40 countries together
  • Kevin loves to grill
  • Katie loves to eat cookies but is a terrible baker because she gets distracted
  • Kevin is afraid of sharks
  • Katie was born in San Diego, California
  • Kevin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kevin’s favorite sweet is salty licorice
  • Katie loves anything spicy
  • We had our wedding on a mountain in Palm Springs
Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from DRAGON CITY
One of our favorite scenes is the opening scene in chapter 2…enjoy!

CHAPTER 2
DRAGON TEETH

Billy Chan was inside a dragon’s mouth.

It was hot, damp and it smelled terrible. And, of course, there was the ever-present danger that the dragon might decide to crush Billy between his jaws.

He peered out from behind the dragon’s sharp teeth. “Could you open up a little wider? There’s something stuck back here,” he called out.

The dragon, who had sleek black scales and flowing silver whiskers, as well as a surprising and impressively long silver beard, grumbled but unhinged his jaws a bit so Billy had more space to move around.

“Thank you!” Billy said, repositioning himself so he had better access to the dragon’s back molars. Because Billy Chan, twelve-year-old surfer from California, was currently spending his days cleaning dragon teeth.

“Ugh,” he muttered under his breath, as he picked out something with feathers from in-between the dragon’s back two teeth. “What is this?” Why couldn’t dragons have toothbrushes?


Book 3 of the Dragon Realm series.
Billy Chan and his friends have been transported 5,000 years into the future where the evil Dragon of Death has become ruler of Dragon City. Humans now live to serve the dragon population, and it’s no different for Billy, Charlotte, Dylan, and Ling-Fei. After losing contact with their own dragons, they’re determined to track them down in this new city, even if it means putting their own lives at risk. But one dragon has turned to the dark side and has no plans to return. With the help of a new clan of dragons, can the four friends undo the Dragon of Death’s villainous work—or will she triumph eternally?
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6 comments:

  1. Michelle Obama because she has led an inspiring life and gives back to others all wile being a mom and wife.

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  2. "If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?"
    Let's say Vermeer. He should have done more paintings, and been smarter about keeping a painting on hand to show to prospective painting purchasers/commissioners.

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  3. Emmeline Pankhurst - I can see my self as a suffragette.

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  4. Myself, 100% wouldn't wanna be anyone else but who I was born to be!

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  5. No idea. I really don't want to be anyone else.

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