Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1980, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, but didn’t follow that career path due to graduating in the middle of the dot-com bust (2004). In 2004, she began drawing a 3-volume mystery-horror series called “The Dreaming” for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP. To date, it has been translated into multiple languages.
She has since collaborated on three New York Times best-selling graphic novels with author Dean Koontz. As prequels to his “Odd Thomas” series of novels, they are called “In Odd We Trust”, “Odd Is On Our Side” and “House of Odd”. In 2009, she also provided art for the “Boys Book of Positive Quotations“, by best-selling inspirational author Steve Deger. In 2012, she collaborated with author Kylie Chan for "Small Shen," a comics-prose prequel to the best-selling Chinese Fantasy series "White Tiger". After that, she created a 3-book fairytale-inspired fantasy story called "Fabled Kingdom".
She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, and working on her next project. Please visit her website for more information.
on Jan. 26, 2015 :
If you're an avid reader who also enjoys Comics, Cartoons, Manga or Anime (or any of those), this could be an opportunity to satisfy a couple of those hobbies at once. Fabled Kingdom is an adventure filled with fairytale characters and settings. At first glance it may look a little like Red Riding Hood - but it's not - even if it does share many similarities (like grandmothers, a huge wolf, huntsmen and a girl in a red cloak). It's an original adventure that takes place in more than one fairytale setting, with more than one set of fairytale beings. The characters are engaging and the artwork is great. I found the comic style to be very appealing and a wonderful compliment to the story telling. There's even a little humour. I can see it being popular with teenagers, particularly those who take in a fair amount of YA and love an adventure that pulls up all sorts of things from fairy lore.
Fabled Kingdom (Part 1) was a very polished product - professional from start to finish. So I have to admit, I was very surprised to find it on Smashwords as a freebie. The only difficulty I encountered was that I couldn't get the epub to work properly (possibly because I was trying to read it with Digital Editions). The pages never fully loaded (to the bottom - the ends were always cut off) so I ended up reading the book online. In a way it reminded me of reading some of my favorite sort-of-web-comics (the ones that are a mix of prose, great artwork and comics) - but it was easier to read with the online reader than it is reading post after post on the web. If you download the book, the story looks like it's only six or so pages long - but keep in mind those are very long pages. I do recommend giving it a try and look forward to Part 2.
(review of free book)