Diana Huang – “Next Big Thing” Interview

I’d like to thank Issac Ho for tagging me to participate in “The Next Big Thing” Interview Series. He wrote a marvelous story and script that was turned into a film that I was privileged to help design and create visual effects for. He has wonderful ideas and would love to see more of his work up on the film screen like his latest Hell is Full of Strippers.

Picture of Diana HuangAuthor: Diana Huang

What is the title of your book?

The Elemental Horses – Cohesion

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Horse and rider have been brought together, learning to work together is the next challenge.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This book is a continuation of the the first book The Elemental Horses – 12 Things to Remember. I began the first one by simply designing carousel horses using specific themes and then pairing them up with Chinese words as part of a drawing concept series. As I kept going I wrote descriptions of each horse and everything started coming together and eventually bound into a book.  As I was working on each drawing I would post them online and people responded quite passionately to them.  This second book was birthed from the interactions and responses of everyone who has seen the art and read the first book.

What genre does your book fall under?

This book falls under many genres within children and young adults category but mainly Fantasy/Science Fiction.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I have not really thought about that. This is a “let’s see where this goes” personal art project of mine. I see it more as a cartoon series or children’s show featuring real children like Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Hard to say who could play all the kid’s and be the voices of the horses. I am open to suggestions!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took about 6 months to draw and piece together this second book in the series. Each drawing takes about 6 hours from designing, coloring and inking.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration came from many different places. The whole thing started when I volunteered hours at the Artlife Southbay Art Gallery where I was showing some of my paintings. I sat there surrounded by other people’s artwork on the walls, listening to music played on the gallery sound system. I designed my horses in that environment while digging into my memories and childhood. I would share each finished drawing on the internet.  The responses and my interactions with people in person and on the internet was what inspired each art piece that went into each book.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The books, the ideas and the artwork are to be used as toys, a teaching device and a tool for dire times.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The Elemental Horses series is currently self-published as paperback thru Lulu

I am open to the possibility of being represented by an agency and other forms of expanding what has been created.