Xie, a private tutor at The Write Connection and freelance writer, worked on this book for five years before submitting it for the Scholastic Asian Book Award. She beat over 60 entries to clinch a spot on the shortlist of five authors. Apart from this, Xie’s work has also appeared in anthologies like Cha, an Asian literary journal, the locally published Ayam Curtain, and 24 Flavours: Sushi.
Dragonhearted is about a ten-year-old girl by the name of Xin Long, who likes Wushu, her best friend Shu Ping, and her Ah Ma’s stories. But one of these stories suggests that Xin Long has to defeat the all-powerful monster, the Nian. With the help of her family, friends, and her dragon guardian Xiao Lan, Xin Long realises that she has to do all she can to prevent the balance in the world from being disrupted.