Amaia Li grew up in Lima, Peru. She currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii where she practices being a weekend (writer) warrior.
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.
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.