I got several questions already, so I decided to take the questions in parts. Round one, commence!
“Do you like test-reading books for fellow authors?”
It depends entirely if I like the book or not. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m reading several unpublished manuscripts and giving feedback; if you’re interested in getting my opinion on your book, send me a pitch! (It had better be good. 😉
“Do you intend to be cruel to your characters, or does it just happen naturally?”
A little bit of both.
“Can you explain your obsession with Asian people? I’m certainly not complianing; but I see it as a trend in your stories and am curious.”
Can I give you a logical, well-reasoned explanation for it? No. I’m obsessed with Korea and Japan, both historical and modern, and my stories don’t feel complete without a character either Korean or Japanese. I think they’re beautiful, I love Asian music, Asian cinema, Asian fashion – I’m obsessed, okay? It isn’t supposed to be logical.
“What was your favorite part of Summit?”
O_O I’m going to leave out lectures, because nearly all of them blew my mind in completely different ways. My favorite experiences were (in no particular order) jamming with some of the students during a rainy day. They produced two guitars, a ukelele, and a bongo drum. I sang along to “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. It was fantastic. 2. Learning to play pool. I’m trying to convince Dad to buy a pool table for the storage room, but I’m not sure how it’s going. 3. Walking downtown nearly every day for a for a frappe at Harmony House. If I think something is fun in the heat and humidity, it is FUN. 4. Having one-on-one lunch with Rick Chalette. Talking for an hour with a guy who was only going to be there for part of the day – a fact I didn’t know until later – was amazing. 5. Discussing the origins of Lucifer with Ken Turner and trying not to stare unblinking into his eyes because, I kid you not, they were GOLD. 6. An entire afternoon spent with The Ducklings (my small group, and the most epic group on campus bar none) and a fantastic guy named Andrew who basically shared my opinions on everything except Star Wars. 7. Camping out on the grass after lunch with Sean and talking about anything and everything until we realized it was time for dinner. 8. Every small group session was a huge blessing. We laughed a lot, cried a lot, and grew closer than I knew was possible in two weeks. We’re still keeping in touch; they’re an incredible group of women.
I know I’m forgetting some things, but those were some major highlights. (Did I mention I had pizza and ice cream for lunch every day and didn’t gain any weight? All that walking came in handy!)
“What are your favorite movies?”
Hmm. I usually talk about books and music, don’t I? Well, LOTR + The Hobbit is an obvious choice. The Avengers, X-Men Origins, The Princess Bride, The Sum of All Fears, Kate & Leopold (No, I’m not Liev Schreiber biased, why would you say such a thing?) The Last Samurai, Rurouni Kenshin (Japanese), Werewolf Boy (Korean), Psychic (Korean), Red, Live Free or Die Hard, Batman: Dark Knight Rises, The Trouble with Angels, You’ve Got Mail, Terminator 2, I, Robot, Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Equilibrium, Signs, Alien vs. Preditor, National Treasure, The Devil Wears Prada, Ghost Protocol, G. I. Joe, G. I. Joe: Retaliation – shall I continue?
Have more questions? Bring ’em in while the door’s open!