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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Author Interview: Cindy Pon + CONTEST

Cindy Pon debuted with her amazing novel, Silver Phoenix, in 2009. I got the chance to interview her, excited for the sequel. At the end of the interview, you can enter to win a signed copy of Silver Phoenix for yourself!

If you want to learn more about Cindy or Silver Phoenix, please check out at Enjoy!

Firstly, what inspired you to write Silver Phoenix?

although i've been writing since before i was a teen,
i stopped all through my 20's. it was only after i had my
bubs back to back that i rediscovered my love for writing.
i began taking some creative writing classes through the
local universities and thought, why don't i write a novel!
at the time, i had just begun taking classes in chinese brush
painting and reading more about chinese culture and history.
fantasy was and always will be my favorite reading genre, so
i thought i'd combine the two interests. Silver Phoenix was the result!

Can you please give us a little more information on the era in which the novel takes place for those who are unfamiliar with the Chinese culture and history?

i'd like to say that Silver Phoenix is inspired by ancient china
because it actually doesn't take place in china or any time period
within it. i drew inspiration from mainly the qing dynasty but also took
elements from others, researching in architecture, clothing as well
as other social and cultural elements. when i started to write Silver Phoenix,
i realized i wasn't writing a true historical, it was too limiting to my story.
ai ling, as a daughter within the scholarly class, would have had her
feet bound.

Are the magical beings in Silver Phoenix mythical creatures within the Chinese culture or did you create them yourself?

the creatures are a combination of actual chinese myths
and folklore and my own imagination!

What should readers expect of the sequel for Silver Phoenix?

the sequel is planned to be released in fall 2010! i think
that while Silver Phoenix was a very fantastic journey, this
one will be much more personal on many levels.

Are you working on any other writing projects aside the sequel to Silver Phoenix? If so, can you please give us a brief description of them?

i am! i believe ai ling's story is finished with the sequel.
but i have another fantasy YA novel planned in xia. it is only at the very
beginning stages so i won't say more about it, as i don't know
much myself yet right now! i also have a children's picture book
featuring my chinese brush art slated to release in 2011!

What do you find is the easiest part in writing? And the hardest?

the easiest part is definitely revising and polishing a novel.
the hardest part is writing the rough draft (the initial draft) of
any novel for me. the unknown can be very scary to me. i
liken to starting a new novel like jumping of a cliff. ha!

Lastly, please give us an interesting fact about yourself that not many know of!

i wrote a letter "to my future husband" when i was 16.
when i married, i never gave him the letter, because it's
so embarrassing. ha!


Now that you got to learn more about Cindy, here is a chance for you to win her novel!

To enter: (Make sure to have everything in one comment in the post or it will not be counted)
+1 comment
+2 follower through Google Friend Connect (MANDATORY or no entry, new or old)
+2 comment on the review here
+2 add Stop, Drop, and Read! to your blog list (link)
+2 for every time you link the contest (link)

This contest is open to Canadian and U.S. addresses only. (Sorry international friends!) Contest will end on February 28/10.

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Erica said...

I would love to be entered!

+1 comment
+2 follower

:) Erica

Cryssloves said...

Sounds like an interesting read

+1 Comment
+2 follow

crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

Katie said...

I would love a chance to win this. It sounds great!

+1 comment
+2 follower

Katie said...

Oops, I forgot my email.

throuthehaze said...

+1 I would love to read this book!

+2 follower

+2 commented on review

+2 added to blogroll:

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

MissA said...

No need to enter me, I really liked this book though! I'll link to it anyway.
That's so cute, how Cindy wrote her future husband I letter. I think she should show it to him :)

Thanks for this interview and I'm really excited for the sequel to Silver Phoenix

renee said...

Please enter me
+1 comment
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Natalie said...

I'm so excited to read this book! It looks awesome!

+1 Comment
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pepsivanilla said...

Thanks for the contest :)

+1 Comment
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Unknown said...

I would love to enter!

+1 comment
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deltay said...

+1 Comment:
omg, is that picture up there Crystal Liu/Liu Yi Fei?! Also, the letter to future husband thing sounds adorably cute, aww :)
+2 follower
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+2 siderbar linked at same address as above


Unknown said...

(Already have Silver Phoenix)
Thank you for the great interview with Cindy Pon & thank you to Cindy for taking the time to share here. I enjoyed learning more about her and her writing.
All the best,

Hot Off the Shelves said...

I'd love a chance to win.

+1 Comment
+2 Follower


FredTownWard said...

I'd love to get the opportunity to read and review this book without paying for it!

+1 comment
+2 follower through Google Friend Connect (MANDATORY or no entry, new or old)
+2 comment on the review here

By the way, given your interests, are you familiar with the books of Cynthea Liu? She's written a YA novel "The Great Call of China" and a middle grader "Paris Pan Takes the Dare" that I reviewed on Amazon and recommend very highly!

Liviania said...

Great interview! I really want to read this one due to my own love of Chinese culture.

+1 comment
+2 follower
+2 comment on review
+2 blogroll

Lexie said...

+1 comment
I spent a lot of time trying to see if I could name the mythological monster before Ai Ling said the name while reading. I can't wait for the sequel either!

+2 new follower!

+2 commented on review

Thanks so much!!


E.J. Stevens said...

I would love a chance to win!

+1 comment
+2 follower[at]gmail[dot]com

ninefly said...

would love to finally get a chance to read this!

+1 comment
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+2 sidebar (giveaways)
+2 tweet

total +9


Jenny N. said...

Nice interview. I havent read this book yet so would like to enter.

+1 Commented
+2 Follower
+2 Commented on review


April (BooksandWine) said...

Enter me!

+1 comment
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cqueen2 said...

+1 thanks please count me in
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Sarah said...

+1 comment
+2 follower
+2 added to blog roll
+2 sidebar,

Thanks for the contest! I really want to win this book!

two_of_hearts_101 atyahoodotcom

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview! I would love to read this book, please count me in! :D

+1 Commented

+2 Google Friend Connect follower

+2 Tweeted:

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Anna ♥

Kelly said...

I would love to be entered!
+1 comment
+2 follower
+2 comment on review
+2 tweet:

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw for this wonderful book.

+1 comment
+2 follower through Google Friend Connect
+2 commented on the review


Lindsay Frost said...

I would LOVE to win this!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D
2+ follower
1+ comment


Alyssa F said...

Great interview! I loved it.
+1 comment
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Unknown said...

I would love to be entered. This looks amazing.

+1 comment
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+2 commented on the review
+2 added to blogroll
+2 sidebar
+2 tweeted

evelyn.n.alfred said...

+ 1 comment
+ 2 (new) follower

I found out about your page from Ari, at reading in Color.

Unknown said...

I'm so curious about what she wrote in the letter hahaha ;)

+2 old follower
+2 added Stop, Drop, and Read! to blogroll.
+2 sidebar here


Jessica B said...

Enter me please!

+2 Follower
+1 Comment

shutupjessicasreading @

Victoria Zheng said...

Hmm...This sounds like an interesting book!

Victoria Zheng said...

This sounds like an awesome book

+1 comment
+2 comment on review of Silver pheonix
+2 follow
+2 linked to twitter-

Martha Lawson said...

I would love to be entered in this great contest.

I am a new follower on google friend connect.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Mandy said...

Please enter me (: Thanks!

+1 Comment
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tetewa said...

I'd like to be included! +1 comment +2 follower

Angiegirl said...

Thank you for the lovely interview. Please enter me!

+1 comment
+2 follower

angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

Persephone said...

I would love to read this book~

+1 comment
+2 follower

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I love books on Chinese culture -please enter me.

+1 comment

+2 I am a follower of your blog

+2 Greta review of the book and that is why I want to read it :)

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while! Thanks for hosting this contest. :D

+1 comment
+2 follower

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The Lovely Reader said...

+1 Commenting
+2 Follower

Thanks for the contest!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Cecelia said...

I loved this book, but was quite sad when I had to give it back to the library - I'd love my own copy!

+1 comment
+2 follower through Google Friend Connect (MANDATORY or no entry, new or old)
+2 comment on the review

Thanks for holding this contest!


Margo said...

I want to read this book so bad but I can never find it!

+1 comment
+2 follow
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mwest07 at vt dot edu

skyla11377 said...

+1 Comment.
I Would Like To Read This Book. It Sounds Really Good. The Cover Is Very Beautiful. I Love Learning New Things About Chinese Culture And History.

+2 Follower Through Google Friend Connect.
I Am A New Follower.

+2 Comment On The Review Here.
I Commented On Your Review Comment 17.

+2 Add Stop, Drop, And Read! To Your Blog List.
I Added Stop, Drop, and Read!To My Blog List.

+2 For Every Time You Link The Contest (Link).
I Tweeted About This Contest (@skyla11377).


Heather Y said...

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I'd love to be entered into this one!

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heather y

sruble said...

Already have a copy of Silver Phoenix, so I won't enter.

Great interview. I can't wait to read the sequel this fall! :)

CherylS22 said...

+1 - I'd love to read this book. Please count me in!

+2 - I follow in GFC

+2 - I commented on the review


Jason said...

+1 comment
+2 new follower


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