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Ben Chandler

Author, Education Consultant

Ben Chandler is the author of the YA fantasy series Voyages of the Flying Dragon. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing and has published work on popular culture, video game narrative theory, Japanese heroism, anime & manga, and creative writing pedagogy. Ben loves heroes, villains, comic books and video games, and he believes you can learn more from watching cartoons than you can from the news.

Where were you born?

I was born in Ipswich, near Brisbane, but I wasn’t there long! My family moved around a lot (including 3 years in the USA) before we settled in Adelaide.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve been a pizza maker, a (very poor) door-to-door home alarm system salesman, a hospital billing consultant, a lecturer and tutor, and academic, a cafe manager, a barman, and a kitchen goods salesman (which thankfully did not involve going door-to-door). I’ve also done some technical and copy writing.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I tend to circle around questions of responsibility and duty a lot, including our duty to ourselves, our friends, our society, and even our world. I also look at family, friendship, and mentorship in my work – the way people work together and (hopefully only occasionally) against each other. Of course heroes (and villains) play an important role in my work. Plus, I write fantasy, so there are always dragons (Fun Fact: almost every mythology in the world has dragons in one form or another!).

What have been the highlights of your career?

I should say the highlight was getting published! There’s nothing quite like seeing your book on the shelves, but secretly, it was getting to meet all of these other amazing writers whom I’ve admired for years. I even get to talk to some of them about writing!

Where have your works been published?

My novels have been published in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and (I think) Turkey, and they’re available for sale in the UK and the US. I’ve had academic work published here and in the US.

What are you passionate about?

So many things! I love anything to do with heroes – comic books, cartoons, movies, books, video games – anything! I also have a passion for teaching and education, and I love to cook. I make the best brownies in the whole entire world. It took me two years to develop the recipe and I refuse to share it with anyone (the brownies themselves I share freely). I’m also a devout hobbyist, in that my hobby is picking up and trying new hobbies (none of them stick).

Haven’t I seen you before?

No. That was probably my evil twin brother. Unless I was doing something awesome. Then that was me.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m fairly certain my cat is possessed by Loki, the Norse god of mischief, but I wouldn’t have him any other way.

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