As part of the tour, I got to do a bit of a Q& A with Ryan, check it out below!
What made you want to tell THIS story?
This story is personal for me on several levels.
It was important for me to write a story where the protagonist is a young girl. I want to empower girls to dream big and reach for the stars. I want them to know they are just as brave and strong as boys, if not more so, and having strong girl characters in stories helps.
On a more personal level, I wrote this with three girls in mind: my two nieces (Aidyn and Kiara) and my stepdaughter (Crystal). I want them to know that they should strive to be independent, brave, and strong and not worry what others may think.
With the importance of Li Li’s grandparents in the story, I wanted to know, were they inspired by your own grandparents?
My grandparents are some of the most important people in my life and I would not be where I am today without them. They play a bigger role in other books I have written (Bobby the Bear series).
The reason I put a big focus on grandparents for this story is how important grandparents are in Chinese society and culture. Grandparents are very active participants in their grandchild’s life in China, and they are the ones who pass down many of the Chinese myths and tales. I wanted to keep with that theme in this story.
As someone who lives in Shanghai now, but is from the US, what made you choose to write about the Chinese New Year, culture, & celebrations?
This goes back to one of the reasons why I choose to write this book. I want to share Chinese holidays and culture with children in western countries. I think it is important that children, and adults, learn about different people and cultures around the world. Chinese kids learn a lot about our holidays and culture, so why not have western kids learn about Chinese holidays and culture?
I have lived in Shanghai for ten years, and I am lucky to have experienced these holidays firsthand. The Chinese holidays are rich with myths and tales that have led to a big part of its culture. What’s so interesting is that these stories go back thousands of years.
What do you hope children take away from this book?
First, I really want children to learn about the biggest Chinese holiday and see how similar we are to one another, especially children. The holidays are similar but with different names and origins.
Second, I want girls to know they are just as strong and brave as boys. I want girls to leave this story believing in themselves and attach themselves to a powerful girl character they can admire.
Tell us, what’s next for you?
I am finishing up my third book in my Bobby the Bear series, and I plan to release it in the spring of 2022. I also have several other manuscripts done for Bobby the Bear books.
As far as Chinese tales, I’m working on the final draft for a story about Mid-Autumn Festival. I hope to release that book next autumn. I also started working on another Chinese tale centered around the Chinese Zodiac.
For those that loved reading this book, which of your other books would you recommend picking up next?
I have self-published two other books: Bobby the Bearn and His Missing Dinner and Merry Christmas, Bobby the Bear!
The Bobby the Bear books are centered around different morals through fun and interesting characters.
Ryan O’Connor is a literature and writing teacher in Shanghai, China, and the author of the children’s book series Bobby the Bear. With a background in sports journalism and education, Ryan has turned his focus to writing children’s books. Through unique characters, Ryan provides children with moral and life lessons. Ryan has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education; he has also won numerous awards for sports writing. Ryan is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, but has spent the past ten years living in Shanghai.
To learn more about Ryan and his books, visit his website at www.ryanoconnorauthor.com.
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