Interview with Amaia S. Li

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lima, Peru. As a child I was lucky to have an older brother who encouraged us to read. He would give books as Christmas presents. I actually did not start thinking about writing until my family moved to the United States. You may say that I did not discover that I have the writing "bug" until I took my first English classes at a community college. I had wonderful teachers who not only taught me the fundamentals of good writing but also believed in my ability. After all, English is my second language so at first I doubted that I had what it takes to be a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Night of the Moon Serpent" was born out of a wish. My nephew was about 6 years old when he wished that he were a dragon, and I thought it would be nice to write him a story about a boy who sees his wish of becoming a dragon come true. Somehow, throughout the years that took me to write it, the story evolved into a boy who was reluctant to be a dragon and into something completely different from the children's tale I had in mind back then.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is seeing the research I've done and the story come together. I'm not one of those writers who can plan every turn of the plot ahead of time. I discover the story as I write it and there's that wonderful moment when you can see something you've read, seen or experienced working its way into the story, falling into place. I get excited when that happens.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love fiction. I grew up on the classics. Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Jane Austen were a few of the authors I read when I was a young girl. Later, I became a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Now I read anything that tickles my interest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. I like the flexibility that my tablet gives me. I can get books from different sources such as Amazon, Google Play, and, of course, my public library.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover has to represent the story. I usually think in terms of the characters and the location for an idea for a cover. Then I leave it up to the artist to turn my idea into a cover that hopefully shines with pizzazz and perhaps with some mystery too.
Published 2013-11-01.
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Books by This Author

The Night of the Moon Serpent: First Passage to the World Beyond
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,300. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After an encounter with the eccentric Dr. Maximo Rojas, 12-year-old David Luke starts experiencing strange symptoms. Dreams about giant owls and visions of a silver-white snake haunt him. Later, Rojas kidnaps David's mother in order to lure the boy to enter the ruins of an ancient Mochica pyramid. It is there that David will not only face the truth about his father, but also about himself.