Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Today Cynthea Liu is on the blog! Cynthea is celebrating the release of her book: “The Great Call of China.”

You know the routine:

About The Great Call of China

Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion—anthropology—and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter Will, the cute guy she first meets on the plane. He and Cece really connect during the program. But can he help her get accustomed to a culture she should already know about, or will she leave China without the answers she's been looking for?

About the Author

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. In addition to PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE and THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA, Cynthea's nonfiction book WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (how to write, revise, and publish your kid's or teen book with children's book publishers) is available in paperback.

On to the Interview!

Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?

Cynthea: There's a water fountain scene I really enjoyed putting in the book. Who wouldn't want to be near a hot guy against a gorgeous backdrop of lights, music, and water streaming everywhere in pretty patterns. *Sigh*

Me: (Sigh) I am *so* there! What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?

Cynthea: I'd really like to tackle the Easy Reader market. There's an innocence there that I'd enjoy capturing in new stories that would appeal to this younger age group.

Me: That sounds like fun! And finally, who is your writing hero and why?

Cynthea: My mom is my hero for everything (sorry, Dad. Love ya, but Mom always wins this one.) Problem is, Mom doesn't do much writing and assembly language doesn't count! (Inside joke for computer geeks). Anyway, I do admire quite a few writers but no one shall be named here for fear of annoying other writers who think they should be on my list. Who needs that sort of pressure? :)

Me: I agree! Like we don’t have enough to worry about already. Readers, if you’re still skeptical about this book and/or Cynthea, you must fly, not walk, here: and watch her movie. It proves that she is fabulous, and *will* convince you to add The Great Call of China to your “must read” list.

In the meantime, you can visit Cynthea at her home on the web:

And . . . The Great Call of China is officially on sale. You can buy it here:

On top of that, her next novel, Paris Pan takes the Dare, will be available in June! Go Cynthea!

Cynthea will be chatting with Deva tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by!

1 comment:

cynthea said...

Thanks for spreading the word about my book, Leigh!
Looking forward to your release! Whoot!