Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, China
Author and illustrator Likai Chen (Chen Likai’s family name first, following Chinese tradition), professor of English and graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University, began writing in English in 2005. His first short story, A Late Success, released in the e-zine Ladybugflights.com, tells the hardships of his writing career in China. Inspired by the success of his first short story in English, Prof. Chen has been writing in English ever since.
Likai’s first children’s book, Shuisheng the Mallard, tells the story of a group of wild ducks in the far north China flying south for the coming winter, who must overcome difficulties and hardships along the way. Likai weaves in beautiful Chinese legends as well as contemporary issues to make the ducks’ journey humanizing, thought provoking, and uplifting. Also an artist, Likai drew more than thirty illustrations using traditional Chinese methods so that readers can appreciate both Chinese legends and traditional Chinese-style illustrations.
Likai’s upcoming series for adults and young adults as well, Love Stories in Ancient China, begins with Meng Jiang Nü and the Great Wall, a legend set 2,000 years ago during the reign of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. In it, a brave young lady, Meng Jiang Nü, embarks on a perilous journey across China to bring winter clothes to her husband, a laborer working to construct the Great Wall. Meng Jiang Nü and the Great Wall is to be released at the end of 2007 or early next year.
Likai Chen and his wife reside in Cangzhou, China. They have one adult daughter.
Likai's book, Shuisheng the Mallard, is now avalable at both www.millcreekpress.com and www.amazon.com
And for www.amazon.com simply type "chen likai" in the search box, then click "go", and the book will appear.
Interests: I like historical work, literature works, children's stories and romance
Published writer: Yes