Chen Jiatong was born in 1987 in Shandong province, China. He graduated from Beihang University with a Master’s degree in Engineering, and now works in international trade. He was still at university when he began writing his debut novel, a middle-grade fantasy called Dilah and the Moonstone, the first in the ‘White Fox Dilah’ series. Six years later, upon completing the book, he immediately reached out to Wang Ruiquin, the Chinese editor of Harry Potter at the People’s Literature Publishing House, who fell in love with the novel, saying of it: “This is the best children’s fantasy novel of Chinese origins I have come across in my time as a children’s editor.”
Following the publication of Dilah and the Moonstone and its sequel in 2014, Jiatong has published four volumes of a new fantasy series, ‘The Dream Maker’. This is a lead fiction debut of 2018 for Jieli Publishing House, to whom the author has moved. Jieli is a leading children’s publisher in China, whose list also includes the ‘Twilight Saga’ and Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians’ Series. In 2019, Jieli will continue with the ‘White Fox Dilah’ series, which will eventually comprise six titles.