Chris Hagen, born in Orange, California, is an old-Tianjin hand after seventeen years behind the bamboo curtain. From a one-room country school in the Ozark Mountains as a child to the first international school of Tianjin, China since 1949, Chris returned to America after high school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wheaton College in 1995. After three years working as a journalist for the Gaston Gazette in North Carolina, Chris traveled back to China where he established himself as the first successful Western restaurateur in Tianjin until 2009, when he turned back to writing. Since then, Chris has been published in the Fargo Forum, the China Daily, the Wilson Times, and the High Plains Reader, and will be featured in a soon-to-be-published book called Tao of Celestial Foxes—The Way to Immortality, by Alex Anatole, head of the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies in Massachusetts . Chris currently resides in Fargo with his family, where he continues his research into Chinese mythology and prepares for the release of his third novel – The Ninth Tail. Previous works include the Saltwater Girl and Magpie Bridge, both of which can be purchased through this website, through Amazon, other online sources, and selected bookstores.