Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 24, 2018

Book Giveaway: Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid Of Ghosts

Authors Kevin and Katie Tsang have new book titled, SAM WU is NOT afraid of GHOSTS! It hit bookshelves today. She has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Katie and Kevin!

Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid Of Ghosts


Don’t call him scaredy-cat Sam, because Sam Wu IS NOT AFRAID of ghosts! Except . . . he totally is. Can he conquer his fear by facing the ghost that lives in the walls of his house? 

After an unfortunate (and very embarrassing) incident in the Space Museum, Sam goes on a mission to prove to the school bully, and all his friends, that he’s not afraid of anything—just like the heroes on his favorite show, Space Blasters. And when it looks like his house is haunted, Sam gets the chance to prove how brave he can be. A funny, touching, and charming story of ghost hunting, escaped pet snakes, and cats with attitude!

“Reluctant readers and fans of the Wimpy Kid series and its ilk will appreciate the book’s dynamic type, graphics galore, cartoonish illustrations, and ironic footnotes.” —Kirkus


We love writing the SAM WU books together together, but co-writing definitely has its challenges sometimes! We’re very glad that our marriage has survived our co-writing adventures. Before we write a new Sam Wu, we usually spend a month just outlining and plotting the book, so we both have a very clear idea what it is going to look like. Then, when we are ready to write, we have a very particular system. We put our working document on one big screen, and we both sit in front of it while one of us types and one of us inputs vocally. Sometimes very vocally! We take turns, and switch roles to make sure we both get the chance to be the ‘driver’ or the ‘navigator’. We also have a codeword for when one of us doesn’t like an idea or a line, we quickly learned that we need to stay positive while working together. And we never delete anything! Instead we put anything that we cut or aren’t sure about into another document we call our ‘sandbox’. The sandbox usually ends up almost as long as the finished book!

We also have a rule that there is no fighting while writing on SAM WU — if we start to argue we put a five minute timer on and have a time-out to cool down until we can both come back to the book in a more rational head space. It helps keep us in a positive place while working on the books. And our favorite part of the writing process is when we get to review the illustrations and the design lay-out. We’re very lucky to work with such a brilliant designer and such a talented illustrator (Nathan Reed). We hope that kids enjoy reading Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts and  that it will give them a safe place to face some of their own fears as well.


Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. In 2015 they got married in Palm Springs, California. Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu’s experiences are based on Kevin’s childhood. He currently works as a healthcare technology consultant.

Katie was born and raised in Southern California and also writes YA as Katherine Webber. Katie and Kevin currently live in London. Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel.

Thank you Katie and Kevin for sharing your book and journey with us. This looks like such a fun book. Good Luck with it.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love this! What a fun ‘challenge’ to write together. I’m retweeting on Twitter and sharing on FB. Thanks.


  2. As much as I love ghost stories, I would NOT be afraid of them in real life.. haha This book looks awesome! I’m sharing on Twitter.


  3. I like your sandbox file idea. I’m sharing too.


  4. This looks like a great book!


  5. I am sure that my grand children would LOVE this book!!


  6. This book sounds like a hit for this dynamic duo’s debut! And Sam Wu doesn’t need to call ghost busters, lol. Good luck. I would love to be put in the running.


  7. I’m not sure I could co-author a book with someone; kudos to these two for making it work!


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