Nancy Yi Fan

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Nancy Yi Fan
Born (1993-08-26) August 26, 1993 (age 21)
Beijing, China
Occupation Author
Language English, Chinese
Ethnicity Chinese
Citizenship American
Alma mater Harvard University
Genre Fiction
Subject Birds
Notable works Swordbird (series)
Website
https://sites.google.com/site/wwwswordbird/

Nancy Yi Fan (born August 26, 1993 Chinese: 范禕) is a Chinese American author who is best known for writing a series that currently consists of the novels Swordbird, Sword Quest, and Sword Mountain.

Biography[edit]

Fan was born and raised in Beijing, China. At the age of 7, she moved with her parents to Syracuse, New York. She started writing her first novel 3 years later, and completed the manuscript within a year. Fan's book became a New York Times Bestseller, and she was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the world's smartest kids. She then began writing Sword Quest, a prequel to Swordbird, and published it two years later. Her third book, Sword Mountain is to be released in July 2012.

Career[edit]

Swordbird[edit]

Fan's novel was inspired by her lifelong love for birds. After awaking from a vivid dream about birds at war while simultaneously wrestling with her feelings about terrorism and September 11, Fan wrote Swordbird as a way to convey her message of peace to the world.[1] At the age of eleven, she sat down at her computer and began writing a manuscript that she finished a year later. Fan emailed her manuscript to the CEO of HarperCollins, which led to the novel's 50,000-copy first printing.[2]

Sword Quest[edit]

In 2008, HarperCollins released Sword Quest, a prequel set 100 years before the time of Swordbird.

Sword Mountain[edit]

The third novel in Fan's series is set to be released in July 2012, by HarperCollins. Everybird must choose a side as tradition begins to splinter and an ancient book bewitches those with evil intentions.

Personal life[edit]

Fan is currently a freshman at Harvard University. In her free time, she enjoys practicing Martial Arts and takes care of her three pet birds. She resides in Florida with her parents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flight of fantasy", Telegraph, retrieved 2011-11-09 
  2. ^ "Saga by 13-Year-Old Author Takes Wing", Publishers Weekly, 14 December 2006 [dead link]

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