Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Starting and FiestaCon

Okay, first off, I am doing FiestaCon this year! Very cool! In case you are around Phoenix, I'd love to see you there! Here is where you can find me specifically!


Reading at 4:00 PM

Signing at from 5:00-6:00PM

Panel: Children's Classics...Today! (With Janni Lee Simner, James Owen, and Michelle Welch.) 7:00-8:00 PM


Panel: Media Promotion (With Jack Mangan, Diana Gabaldon, and Michael D'Ambrosio) 10:00-11:00 AM

Panel: How to Write to YA & Kids (With Janni Lee Simner, Michael D'Ambrosio, and Chris Paige) Noon-1:00PM



Panel: LIT-Muggle Tech vs. Wizardry Tech (With Sarah Clemens and Nola Yergen-Jennings) Noon-1:00PM

I'm really looking forward to this! It should be so much fun! Seriously, if you're around, come!

Okay, so I started the third Wings book today. For the second time. I technically started the file for the third book about a month ago and the scene I wrote was so full of fail that I can't use a word of it. No seriously. It was the dumbest beginning ever. We shall never speak of it again.

So I started [again] today.

Well, it wasn't quite as abysmal. I may be able to use about a page of the four pages I wrote.

Why are beginnings so hard!! I mean, I have the picture in my head of what I want this scene to looks like (It's not even about finding the right place to start!! I KNOW where to start!) it just. Isn't. Coming. Out. Right.

At all.

It's coming out all angsty and weird.

It's a great moment!! A moment I have been looking forward to since I was writing book one!! It is one of the most incredible moments in the whole series!! So why does it feel all mopey?

I think beginnings are difficult. I have never had a beginning of a novel that I kept. Never.In fact, in both Wings and it's sequel, the beginning like five pages all got cut. And that is after I completely changed the original beginning. I do pretty good at endings, but beginnings kick my trash. (In fact, in the next couple of days I will be posting my deleted beginning from Wings. It's kinda fun!)

So tomorrow I will take my laptop to my MIL's house where we are going to visit with family and I will open a fresh file and try again.

And leave out the angst. Hopefully.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Escape With The Seven Extravaganza!!

Okay, I have been so excited to unveil this and we're finally ready!! I and six of my fellow Debs have put together a fab giveaway of fourteen books, to two lucky winners! These seven books *ahem* if I do say so myself, represent some of the cream of the debut crop in teen lit this year! You've seen me blog about several of them, but in case you are unfamiliar, please go check out our awesome bio page at our website!

Okay, so here's the gist: seven books, seven authors, a bunch of covers from both the US and the UK. We are doing prize pack giveaways of the seven books with UK cover--when available--and US covers. You can enter from July first to July seventh to win all seven books. There are also free graphics, songs, buttons, badges, and altogether a whole bunch of awesomeness!!

Plus, this giveaway comes with the Aprilynne Pike Guarantee! I guarantee that all seven of these books are stuffed to the brim with awesomey goodness!! (Doesn't get much better than that!)

So go check out our website and get ready for July first when you can enter to escape with seven amazing books!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dull Boy Winners and Father's Day

Okay! This is going to be a short post; you've been warned.:)

First off, dads are, in my opinion, very under-appreciated. So Happy Father's Day to all of the hard-working dads out there who love their kids and spouses and just quietly work to make the world a better place. I appreciate you!!!!!

Okay, next!

Dull Boy Winners: the grand prize winner is!!!!!

Yamile!!! who said: "Your super power should be that you can see the future "on-demand." Like if you need to see a few minutes from now you could, or if you need to know of things that will happen further in life you could too. Does that make sense?"

Yes, yes it does. I LOVE the idea of being able to selectively see the future! (And I would probably abuse the power mightily . . .)

Honorable mention goes to David, with his Superman Parody of me being able to "leap tall New York Times Bestseller Lists in a single book." Clever, clever!!

Also, honorable mention to FitToSeeJane whose superpower was just plain creative and awesome! "My superpower for you...here goes...
You can understand a persons innermost thoughts and feelings when you drink their favorite soda."

Guys, please email me at aprilynne pike at gmail dot com with your addresses and, well, because I'm a softie and think that Dull Boy is absolutely freakin' awesome, ALL THREE of you are getting a copy, along with Wings decals and probably something chocolate.

Thanks so much for entering my contest and my next post will be from the road as I am leaving in twelve hours and haven't actually packed a thing! Go me!!! *momfail*


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Winner, Where's Aprilynne, and Shameless Self-Promotion.:D

Okay, I know you have all been waiting with bated breath for the winner of the Dueling Debs!!:D Well, I am totally going to tell you at the end of the post.:)

Okay no, I'm not really evil like that. The winning Deb is Danielle Joseph! Congrats Danielle! And in second place is Cynthea Liu!! Go Cynthea!! Seriously though, both of these books are awesome, and Cynthea will be most graceful in defeat as this is her SECOND book this year!

So the winning Danielle voter is TereLiz! Congrats to you! Please email me at aprilynne pike at G mail dot com with your address and I will get Shrinking Violet in the mail to you!!

The contest for Dull Boy is still alive and well just down below this entry. It's open until Friday!

Okay, on to Where's Aprilynne.

I am embarking on some fun adventures the next couple of weeks and wanted to make you guys aware. Most of this is on the calendar section of my website, but some of it is so new it hasn't made it there yet. So here is where I will be for the next two weeks!

Tuesday, June 23rd

Library Visit
2:00 PM

Later that night I have a group signing with the lovely Linda Gerber and Sydney Salter!
Orem Barnes and Noble
7:00 PM

Thursday, June 25th

Another group signing with Linda, and the inestimable Wendy Toliver!
The Purple Cow at Tooele, Utah
7:00 PM

Saturday, June 27th

I am attending my ten year high school reunion (am I really that old??) and a signing at my old local bookstore afterward! It should be way fun!!

Dark Horse Books
5:00 PM

Then, starting July 2nd, I am going to be at Westercon 62, a.k.a. FiestaCon!!! I found out about it via Janni Lee Simner (Name drop! Google Alerts! :D) and managed to worm my way into the programming! I am so excited! So . . . .

July 2-5
Westercon 62/ FiestaCon
Tempe, Arizona

I will do a separate post later next week detailing my exact schedule (I'm on three panels, have a reading, a signing, and a KaffeKlatch) but I will be there the whole convention! Fun, fun!!

Okay, last, Shameless Self-Promotion (SSP). (BTW, I am getting into writing the third WINGS book when I get back from Utah and Idaho, so I really will start doing writing posts again soon. I promise!!!)

I haven't done a lot of announcing since Wings hit number one, because, quite frankly, no one likes a blog where all of the entries are simply a week-by-week logline of how their sales are doing. However, since people have been asking, Wings is in it's sixth week on the NYT Bestsellers List, and is hanging tight at number six. Hopefully I can squeak out a couple more weeks! (In related news, Ally Carter, authoress extraordinaire, is number six on the series list with her third book in the Gallagher Girls series!!! She twitterred it, so it's public knowledge now.:))

It's been a very exciting couple of weeks; I didn't mean to be quite so teasing with my mention of film rights (I didn't realize you would all focus in on it so fast!). Things are definitely happening, however, Hollywood likes to announce everything first, and they ARE working on the announcement. So as soon as they announce, I will spill freely. (I can't wait to spill freely!:))

In the foreign rights department, I have sold to SIX territories in the last two weeks! In fact, four territories and film news all came through within about 36 hours of each other. That was one wild two days!! (Oh, and I was in Portland at the time, so it was seriously wild!!) That brings my total up to the US plus 10 foreign territories! Very little in this business makes me more excited than foreign sales, so there has been much squeeing the last couple of weeks!

End SSP.

Okay, that's done, I'm going to go wash my hands now.

. . .

There, much better.:)

Self-Promotion is always such a two-edged sword for me. On the one hand, I feel very strange being like, "Hey! Check me out I'm so awesome!!!" On the other hand, this is the kind of stuff I LOVE to read on other authors' blogs. It also answers many of the questions I get via email . . . so yeah, it def. has it's place. However, like I said, I am getting back to writing in two weeks, and there will be more writing posts interspersed with the SSP.:)

Till then, go comment on the Dull Boy contest entry, just right down below this one, and have a great couple of days!!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Superpowers and Secrets and Awesome, Oh My!

Okay! Tonight's entry is all about free stuff!! Come on, who doesn't love free stuff!??!

First off, it's Debsness time!! If you are not familiar with Debsness, there's a big bag full of cool stuff that we give away each month with a chance to also win a 50$ gift certificate to a bookstore of your choice. Fun stuff, clicky for more info, ends at midnight on the fifteenth!

Find Out What's In The Bag And Win It Today

But more importantly, we have Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross that I am also going to give you a chance to win at the end of this post! I am in love with Dull Boy! It is an awesome book! But, as LeVar Burton said, "You don't have to take my word for it . . . " Here's a bit about Dull Boy!

Superpowers are awesome -- unless you actually have them, like Avery does. There's only so much he can pass off as "adrenaline" before people start to get suspicious. Probably it's best to lie low, so guys in white lab coats don't come to carry him away, to find out what makes his freakish body tick. Who wants to be vivisected? But flying under the radar becomes a whole lot harder when you can actually fly. It's dangerous to be different, so for now he'll pretend to be normal, unremarkable Avery -- a dull boy -- anything to keep his secret safe.

What he doesn't expect is the horrifying truth about where his powers came from, who else might have them, and the madness of one villain's plan to turn this superpowered dull boy into something even more powerful and amazing.

Now Sarah is a private little bugger, but I did manage to find a picture of her. Check it! She's the one on the left, (your left) along with authoress extraordinaire, Ally Carter!

Also, as much as I love the bio posted in the back of Dull Boy (Sarah Cross has saved the world, like, five times since fifth grade -- and you didn't even notice.) I did find a longer one on her website!

I'm a Taurus born in the year of the Monkey. I am 4 inches taller than Wolverine. Fierce-but-cute Pallas' cats are my favorite animals, with birds of prey ranking a close second.

I grew up in Ohio, went to college in New York and Japan, and am now back in NY--at least until life takes me elsewhere.

Um, what else?

I've been a writer (in the sense that I've taken myself seriously as a writer, which is what counts!) since I was 12 or so. Since then I've written shocking tales of suburban girl-gang warfare, overly ambitious high fantasy, campy romps through time, pop-culture parody, 'zines, plays, literary fiction, and ultra-derivative comics. (Like "The eXcuses." Ohhh yeah. The less you know about that one, the better.)

All to get to this point: sharing the madness (plus copious doses of awesome) with you.

I can't wait. :D

Me either!!! And now Sarah steps up to the Feasty Five!


SC: Um . . . yes?? But was that one of the questions? *consults her notes*

AP: *Ahem* Um, no. *reigns in her fan-girliness* Okay, real questions now. What kind of soda does your MC drink?

SC: Mountain Dew

AP: *wrinkles her nose* Eeww. Oh, well. What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?

SC: Um ... I don't think Avery has a favorite flower. I guess whatever flowers are cheapest on Mother's Day; he would be into that. For my favorite flower? Let's go with daffodils.

AP: I LOVE daffodils! Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?

SC: Not magic, exactly. But things are definitely not always what they seem. ;)

AP: Superman or Batman?

SC: Batman!

AP: And we're back to the Batman again! (I'm going to love tallying this up at the end of the year.:)) Okay, give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.

SC: "You're so getting eviscerated." Not you, Aprilynne! Don't worry, that was not a threat ...

AP: Oh good, I was a little scared . . . Just a little. *stops clutching the ceiling.*

Okay, so if you want to find out more about Sarah, you can visit her at www.sarahcross.com, and if you want to win Dull Boy you can comment and tell me a super-power you think I should have. I'll pick the one I think is the coolest and send you a copy of Dull Boy plus some fun Wings stuff! (I'll decide what it is later.;))

So come on! Tell me what super power you think I should have!!

This contest ends at midnight on Friday, and don't forget about the Dueling Debs contest just below this one that ends on Wednesday.

Yay for free stuff!!:)


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ghosts, Microphones, Sheds, Music, Dolls, and Radios, OH MY!!!!

Welcome to DebsTour 2009, Dueling Debs edition!! I've had several BlogTours scheduled very close together and am still trying to unpack . . . and then re-pack to leave again next week so I thought I'd go for double duty today and try to shake things up a bit. And it's totally written in the stars. After all, this is Cynthea Liu's second book (2) and Danielle's book came out on the same day as mine, so we're book twins (again, 2) so it's totally meant to be!

So let me introduce you to our contestants today!! We have the lovely Cynthia Liu, author of Paris Pan Takes the Dare, and the equally lovely Danielle Joseph, author of Shrinking Violet! Here's a bit about both books!

Shrinking Violet: For high school senior Teresa Adams, every day is an ordeal. She’s so painfully shy that she lives in dread of having to speak to anyone in the hallways or answer questions in class. But after school, in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks—doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up, Tere surprises herself by working up the nerve to ask her stepfather to give her a chance—and finds herself The SLAM’s newest intern on one of the station’s most popular shows. Behind the mike she’s Sweet T, her sexy, confident on-air persona. To everyone’s shock—especially her mother’s—Sweet T is a hit. Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music, making Tere wonder if it’s possible to be jealous of yourself. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest—and a prom date with “Sweet T” is the grand prize--Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . .

And Paris Pan Takes the Dare: Twelve-year-old Paris Pan's life is a mess. She's just moved to a tiny town in Nowheresville, Oklahoma; her family life is a comical disaster; her new friends are more like frenemies; and the boy she has a crush on is a dork. Things couldn't possibly get worse, until she discovers that a girl mysteriously died years ago while taking a seventh-grade rite of passage–the Dare– right near Paris's new house. So when Paris starts hearing strange noises coming from the creepy run-down shed in her backyard, she thinks they could be a message from the ghost of a girl. But while she has no plans to make contact with the great beyond, her two new friends have other thoughts. Everyone who's anyone takes the Dare, and now it's Paris's turn.

Two very different books, two very different authors!

Cynthea spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff–writing for children.

Danielle Joseph was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young sons. These days you can find her cruising around with the tunes blaring and her internal DJ hard at work.

Okay, so now that we know the two contestants, let the duel begin! Bring on the Feasty Five!!

AP: What kind of soda does your MC drink?

CL: Pop, of course. Paris Pan is from Oklahoma.

DJ: Well--

AP: Wait, wait, wait!! I just realized that Danielle's initials are DJ and her story is about a DJ!! Yes, yes, I am totally lame . . . anyway, Danielle, you were saying?

DJ: *looking slightly annoyed* Tere drinks Diet Coke.

AP: Girl after my own heart.:) What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?

CL: Paris is into any flower that her dog Go can't dig up. Go has been known to get her into trouble with Mom over stuff like that.

DJ: Well, I'd have to say violets:)! And I'm not too picky when it comes to flowers but I've always been fond of sunflowers.

AP: Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?

CL: Paris will believe anything she convinces herself of. Magic? Why not?

AP: Ha! I love that! Danielle?

DJ: I'm like Tere, I believe that anything can happen!

AP: And frequently does.;) Superman or Batman?

CL: Superman! But Paris doesn't really believe in superheros (according to everyone else.)

DJ: Superman!

AP: Hey! Look at the duelers agree on this one thing!! Whoo-hoo!! Give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.:)

CL: "I needed a decent education, to live past twelve, to sleep without earmuffs, a flashlight and a power tool."

AP: *laugh* Don't we all! Danielle?

DJ: I try to smile, but I feel like it looks more like I'm sucking on an orange.

AP: Love it!

Okay, that's the duel! And they were both just so darn good, I totally can't decide!


I haven't done a giveaway in ages, so here goes (and bonus, there will be another giveaway tomorrow). Vote for who you think won this duel, Danielle or Cynthea. On Wednesday I will tally up the results and randomly choose one commenter on the "winning" team to get one of these two books (of your choice!) You can base your opinions on anything: who answered the questions the best, whose book looks more interesting, what you think the authors had for breakfast this morning, whatever! But vote for a chance to win one of these awesome books!!!

In case you need more info to base your vote on, you can visit Danielle at her website or Cynthea at hers.



Friday, June 12, 2009

The Pictures That Go With the Last Blog Entry.;)

Okay, fun stuff today! Mostly fan-art.:D And pictures.

Okay, my BIL and his friend run an online comic called Rocket Road Trip. It's fun! But recently they did a four-part set featuring WINGS! So now that Isaac has my eternal devotion, the least I can do is link to his fun comics. (They make more sense if read in order;)) 1,2,3, and 4!

I got this a while ago and have been too busy to post it . . . though I look at it frequently and may possibly have visible hearts that float out of my head. *Ahem* This is done by John, whose last name I never did catch, with color by Lynda Day.

(Clicky for bigger)

And for those who may not have seen it the first time around, I got some awesome fan art from some students at Timber Ridge in Chicago, just after my book came out!

As soon as I find both the tube with this art in it, and the box that has the thumbtacks, these are SO going up on my wall!!!

Okay, in roughly reverse chronological order, here are the last two weeks in pictures.

CONduit; big sci-fi/fantasy convention in Salt Lake City. Many people dress up. Which leads to very odd sights like this:

How freakin' cool is that!

Next, BEA. Books galore!! This is the stack of books I came home with:

And a few I am really excited about!!

(And I only got Hush, Hush because I was with someone who totally went up and name dropped! She had, like, secret codes! It was awesome!!!

And while in New York I went to go see WICKED and although I told you guys I was close, I think this picture really captures just how close I was.

And then, on my way back from New York I saw my book in an AIRPORT for the first time!! *insert much squee-ing*

After New York came the Supernatural Summer tour!! I went to check into my hotel in Seattle and found out they'd decided to upgrade me to a really nice suite that had this totally awesome bed!

Isn't that freakin' awesome!! I got to stay two nights there and had a really fun time!

Then, on the way back from Portland, I flew through this awesome bunch of clouds and couldn't resist taking a picture! (Although, it really doesn't capture the solidness of these clouds; they were beautiful!!)

And that is it till tomorrow when we have a special DebsTour, Dueling Debs edition!! Till then!


Friday, June 05, 2009

My Going-Ons!

Hello. My name is Aprilynne Pike and I am an internet-holic.

No really. The last two weeks have been SO frustrating without internet. I mean, I have it on my phone, but YOU try blogging on a three-inch-wide keyboard!:)

So I have been doing a bunch of traveling. Last week I went to New York for BEA. As soon as I got there I had a dinner that was about a mile from my hotel and we had some minor delays and it started sprinkling. So I was in the cab and frantically called up another author friend whose hotel was right around the corner and was like, "Dude! Can I come change in your bathroom!?!?!?" Luckily he was nice and said yes, so I managed to get to my dinner only about five minutes late.:)

Wow. What a dinner. My whole publishing team was there. The people behind the magic. We chatted and laughed and joked and just had a fab time. I got to meet Susan Katz for the first time and she is hilarious! She is the publisher at Harper and has been very key in championing my book. I did refrain from kissing her, but only just.

On Friday I started BEA proper. Well sort of . . . I actually started out the day at Harper where I filmed interviews for book two (still unnamed) THEN to BEA where I got to shake Neil Gaiman's hand. *swoon* (I'm just a squealing fan-girl on the inside.;)) I had a luncheon with Tara and then that night I got to get all dressed up in my brand-new little black dress (yay!) and go to a way swanky party. That was the highlight of BEA for me. It was so fun! I got to meet Holly Black, Scott Westerfield, Jeff Kinney, and re-meet Shannon Hale.:) About four hours of wandering around talking publishing with people who didn't think I was weird!! (Well, not for talking publishing anyway. They may have thought I was weird for other reasons.:)) Awesome!

The next morning I got up a bit early so I could be at BEA when the floor opened and I discovered that THAT is the secret of getting ARCs! I got tons! A bunch of books I had on my list of wants and several that just looked interesting. I also picked up Sarwat Chadda's The Devil's Kiss and had him sign it for me. So my name is a little hard to spell, so I put my nametag up on the counter where he could see it and said, "Sorry, my name is hard."

And (imagine this in a heavy british accent) he says, "Wot? No, no, I love it, I love it! Pike! *pause* Oh wait, that wasn't the name you were talking about was it?" And then he signed my book "Very, very cool name." :)

Then I got to be social. I met up with some Debs for lunch and then a bunch of Blue Boarders for dinner.

And in the middle . . .

Wait for it . . . .

Wait for it . . . .


Oh man. It was SO GOOD!!! I was on row CC, but apparently they took out row AA because I was in the second row in the middle! I could see everything!! And if you are familiar with the set, they have this big dragon that decorates the top of the stage. Get this; I was UNDER the dragon!! Seriously, if the dragon had fallen off, it would have hit me in the head! Man, it was so amazing! I love this musical so much, but being so close had this immersion effect that was amazing!! I floated out of that theatre! It was so wonderful!

Sunday I got to meet Moonrat from Editorial Ass(istant). Yes! I seriously did!! I know who she is!! (And no, I won't tell you.) What I will tell you is that she is just as bubbly and fun in real life as she is on her blog. Exactly the same!

So then I left for the airport and as I was boarding I found a blogosphere friend and her daughter and after some creative seat switching, we got to sit together! So fun!

So yeah, I came back from New York just blissfully exhausted.

And then Wednesday I headed off again! I got to have dinner with my friend Heidi on Wednesday night and spent the whole day yesterday signing stock around San Francisco and talking to schools. I love school visits! They are so awesome! Right now I am in Portland and when I got here, I found out they had upgraded me to the equivalent of the Presidential Suite. Whoa! So I have a sitting room and a canopy over my bed and lots of treats in the mini-bar. (Not. Touching. The. Mini-Bar.;)) And I am waiting for the rest of my comrades to arrive!

Because tonight is the first stop on the Supernatural Summer Tour!! I get to do a signing with three other NYT Bestsellers who are totally amazing and fabulous!!! I feel like such a little kid bouncing on my puffy bed and saying, "Are they here yet? Are they here yet? Are they here yet??"

Hehe. I'm such a fangirl.:)

So yeah. I have internet here and and will try to put up another post before I leave tomorrow (with some awesome fan art!) so that you don't have to suffer through another really, really long entry like this one.:D

Also, I have some really, really exciting news re: foreign rights and film rights that I should be able to share soon. *squee* So stay tuned!!


Demons and Spirits and Banquets, Oh My!

My apologies for being so absent. A total lack of internet access can do that to you. *sigh* However, I am back and have a really awesome DebsTour for you and will be doing an update post momentarily.

So, here we are with Cindy Pon, the author of Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia! (You will often find her book right next to mine since we both have last names starting with P!:))

So here's a bit about Silver Phoenix:

On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her. She can reach into other people's spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams...and that's just the beginning.

Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor's palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. And then she meets Chen Yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. Here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend.

One of the things I think is fun about Cindy is that I have known her since before she got her deal, so I got to see her through this whole process. Plus she is at Harper, so we are publisher-mates! Here's a bit more about Cindy:

Cindy Pon was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and her family immigrated to California in 1980, settling in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She began writing stories before she was officially declared English proficient. She received her bachelor's from the University of California, San Diego, and also earned a master's from New York University. The author is a student of Chinese brush painting, and her love for the art is reflected in her storytelling. Cindy Pon lives with her husband and two small children in San Diego, California.

And onward and upward to the Feasty Five!

AP: What kind of soda does (would) your MC drink? (This is a trick question as SP is historical fantasy.;))

CP: i think ai ling would love coke. or better yet, a coca-cola float!

AP: Mmmmm. I wonder if I have any ice cream. Oh wait, yes, interview. Okay. *Ahem* What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?

CP: she loves dahlias. i can't say i have a favorite flower--tho lotus are so beautiful.

AP: Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?

CP: she does after her journey, and becoming stronger and more used to her own power of delving in to other people's spirits.

i do believe in magic, but probably not in the usual fantasy sense.

AP: Good answer. Superman or Batman?

CP: superman.

AP: And Superman starts to make a teeny comeback! Give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.:)

CP: The girl could not have been more than thirteen years, but spoke as a grown woman, with a regretful sadness.

AP: Lovely, thank you. You can find Cindy at her website where you can see her brush art and link to her blog!