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Student Author Releases Second Book

By Miriam G. Mazliach

May 7, 2013

In 2010, TCV interviewed student Tiffany Cheung upon the publication of her first book, “Checkmate!” At the time, she was attending Logan High School in Union City. Fast forward a few years and today Cheung is an 18-year-old freshman at San Francisco State University, marking the release of her newest book, “Knight.”

Published in December 2012, this second book in a planned series, recounts the continuing adventures surrounding an amazing chess school on the fantastical planet Zee. The first book focused on the characters’ first year at the chess school. “Knight” follows the storyline into the summertime.

Cheung explains that her first book did very well in sales. “I received a lot of support and love, not just friends, but people who were very interested and curious about the novel and wanted to support a young author and the arts. Even strangers would write reviews on Amazon and Google ebook sites with positive comments and uplifting words,” she adds.

Writing the sequel took a year. “I didn’t have any help with the writing, but Shawn Handran, Ph.D., a friend and writer helped me edit my draft,” says Cheung.

The plot of “Knight” revolves around the main characters, Keladry Lebrasca and Damien Ayer, inhabitants of the planet Zee, who have just been ranked as knights on the chessboard. Cheung explains, “They both find themselves in a web of secrets fabricated by the evil mastermind, Van Wyck and have to uncover clues that lead to the solving of the mystery in the novel.”

She enjoys the writing process and explains that when ideas or conversations pop into her mind, she writes the notes down first on her iPhone, and later sits down at her laptop to flesh out the story. “The writing comes to me and thoughts flow as I am typing,” says Cheung. “I check my notes to reference ideas. I write a few chapters and sometimes re-read and edit as I go along, making minor corrections. I review chapter by chapter by myself, and then I have a writer friend from my church help look it over. Once Dorrance Publishing Company receives it, they will usually send it back several times to have me review or make suggested revisions.”

Asked how she feels about the accomplishment of having two books published Cheung states, “I feel absolutely great about it. I am so excited to have finished this second novel and there will be more to come in the future.” And, true to her word, she is now almost halfway through with the writing of her third book, continuing the saga of planet Zee.

Both Knight and Checkmate! are sold on or on Tiffany Cheung’s online website:
Cheung’s official Facebook page is:
For comments or questions, email her at:

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