What is the most memorable thing a reader has ever told you?
I’m grateful for the many readers who’ve emailed me and told me they enjoyed my books. Interestingly, it’s the review for a Harry Potter fanfiction that I remember most vividly. This was way back when I hadn’t published any original fiction and was just writing fanfiction for fun. In the review, she said that she printed out the story and read it to her eight-year-old sister, who loved it. It really made my day when I read it--someone took the trouble to print out my story AND read it aloud!
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer, please.
In one of my books I mentioned a window seat--which is something I would REALLY love to have. I want to lie back on the seat among cushions, enjoy the sunlight streaming in, and read, read, read! And I want a fancy kitchen with all the gadgets you can get at a cooking show. It’s no coincidence that my first published story is about a princess who loves to eat : )
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain.
I wish I could say I laugh because of what my characters say or do, but to be honest, I don’t think my books are laugh-aloud-funny, but more like humor-that-inspires-a-chuckle. I did cry when re-reading the books in my Unfinished Fairy Tales series, because the endings aren’t happily-ever-after, but the plot just had to go in that direction! On the other hand I think it’s a good thing that I’m moved to tears, because that means I care about the characters, so it’s more likely that readers will care about them as well!
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
Thank you for being late by Thomas L. Friedman. I’ve been reading more and more non-fiction since I became a writer, because I tend to nit-pick the plot & characters way more, and have less patience for cliches and predictable endings. Anyway, I was amused by the title, and reviews have been positive. I’m a few chapters in and so far it’s been an enjoyable read.
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
Oscar Wilde. I’d show him photos of male celebrities and ask him who he’d pick, haha. No, seriously, I’d ask him if he’d mind giving me one percent of his genius. I read in one of his biographies that he doesn’t have writer’s block; words just flow naturally for him. Now that’s what I, a perpetual re-writer, would kill for!
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book, your favorite?
L. M.Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon trilogy. Montgomery is my favorite English-speaking writer; for me, her characters are easy to relate to, her humor delightfully satirical, and her writing style simply beautiful. The Emily trilogy is my favorite of Montgomery’s books--they’re more realistic compared to the Anne of Green Gables, the characters vividly painted, and I can emphasize with the heroine’s struggle for recognition and independence. Plus, she’s a writer!
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C. M. Huddleston's review of Aya Ling's Princesses Don't Become Engineers
Ling gives her readers the life of a princess and a realistic story of breaking through barriers and becoming more than what others expect. Thrown in is just a hint of romance. Her book is well-written fun surrounding a great deal of struggle. It just might encourage a few young girls/princesses to move beyond what they are to become something they wish to be. The characters and setting will fulfill your fairy tale wishes
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