Q&A with Kylie Chan and Win a Book

Today, please join me in extending a warm Preternatura welcome to author Kylie Chan. Kylie is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Demon Child. Demon Child was released on February 24 by Harper Voyager and is the second book in Kylie’s Celestial Battle trilogy.

Kylie Chan is the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang trilogies. She married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony. Kylie has studied Kung Fu and Tai Chi and is a senior belt in both forms. She has also made an intensive study of Buddhist and Taoist philosophy and has brought all of these interests together into her storytelling. She lived in Hong Kong for many years and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. You can learn more about Kylie by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

demonchildABOUT DEMON CHILD: Australian bestseller Kylie Chan returns with a new, fast-paced adventure of magic, martial arts, and romance. This trilogy follows the story of John Chen and Emma Donohoe. They have just found out that Emma has Demon blood. The Sidhe – or Shining folk, who defeated the Western Shen a thousand years ago – are prepared to do battle against the Western Shen to retain their dominance. Emma’s allegiance is torn: to fight for her kind, the Western demons she is descended from, or to stand alongside her beloved Xuan Wu.


If you would like to purchase a copy of Demon Child, you may click on the following link:
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And now, let’s hear from Kylie…

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

It’s the eighth and penultimate book in a huge Chinese mythological and martial arts saga. War has been declared, and the Taoist Celestial forces, led by Xuan Wu, a combined Snake and Turtle God, must use magic and martial arts to defeat a demon horde that has already overrun the earth and is setting its sights on Heaven.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

Definitely the turtle sex. It was a challenge to write a full-on bestiality sex scene and I know I’ve succeeded because I’m often asked at cons for ‘more turtle sex’. I thought it would be extremely challenging for my readers – and instead they they loved it.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:

The battle scenes are usually the most difficult. The complex series of events at the end of ‘Blue Dragon’ was tough to keep as fast-paced as it needed to be. Fortunately I’d written the end about halfway through ‘Red Phoenix’.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?Kylie Chan author photo   credit- Adam Hauldren

Right now it’s ‘Case Study Research: Design and Methods’ by Robert K. Yin for my research Master’s study. I’ve never done a case study, I’ve always done traditional survey-and-analyse-type studies, so this is an interesting departure from my usual research style. I’m really enjoying it.

Favorite book when you were a child:

May Gibb’s ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’, a wonderful illustrated adventure featuring characters from the Australian bush. I loved sharing it with my children when they were old enough, and I hope they’ve grown to be as fond of it as I am.

Your five favorite authors:

That’s an extremely tough call, my favourites change from time to time! Right now my comfort reads are Lois McMaster-Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga, Nalini Singh’s Angel series, Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid, Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan books, and everything by NK Jemisin.

Book you’ve faked reading:

If I haven’t read something I’ll be honest about it. I don’t believe in fakery.

Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”

Nope, never said that.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

I buy books based on the blurb, really. And internet recommendations, and recommendations from my friends in the creative arts/literary community. My friends give the best advice.

Book that changed your life:

I grew up in a devoutly Christian family and when I was in my early teens I read the Bible from cover to cover. At the end I said, ‘Yeah, okay, this isn’t for me’.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

These happen to me all the time. The most recent one was in a hard sci-fi space opera. The one female crew member was strong, intelligent and an excellent pilot. The captain asked her to make him a cup of tea, then cook the crew dinner. She was happy to do it, and then went and did the food shopping for them.

Favorite book about books or writing:

There are two, that a friend recommended to me when I’d first written ‘White Tiger’: ‘Self Editing for Fiction Writers’ by Renni Browne and Dave King, and ‘The First Five Pages’ by Noah Lukeman. I still wave these two books around at writing workshops.

Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):

Can I buy you a dry-roasted coffee and a piece of New York baked cheesecake? – I think the answer is obvious.

What’s next?

I’m very focused right now on finishing ‘Black Jade’, the final book in the Xuan Wu saga. My research into the impact on digital self-publishing for traditionally-published authors is also taking a big chunk of my time. When I’ve finished ‘Black Jade’ I have a couple of projects in mind – perhaps a time-travel story set in Japan, or taking one of the characters out of my Xuan Wu series and sending her to university in Australia. There’s so much to do!

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Thanks, Kylie and congrats on the release of Demon Child.

There is a tourwide giveaway in association with Kylie’s virtual book tour.  Kylie is giving away ten paperback copies of Demon Child, open to U.S. shipping.  In order to be entered for your chance to win, leave a comment and then enter using the following link:

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6 thoughts on “Q&A with Kylie Chan and Win a Book

  1. i don’t know a lot about chineese mythology i will have to change that
    thank you for the discovery and the interview

  2. I have two of Kylie’s books. Would love to win Demon Child. Looking forward to the last book in the series, Black Jade. A time-travel story in Japan sounds like a fun read. Thanks.

  3. Definitely need to check out this series. I’m not too familiar with Chinese mythology.

  4. I have the first “trilogy” of this series on my TBR pile. This is one of the very rare times that I bought on blurb and cover alone and not on reviews 🙂 thanks for sharing and congrats to Kylie on the new release!

  5. I am game to read this series. There are just so many Chinese folklore that I just love to read them if the stories are the way I remember being told by my grandparents.