Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cindy Pon is Here!

Today I have Cindy Pon on the blog! Cindy is celebrating the debut of her novel: Silver Phoenix.

About Silver Phoenix – Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

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.

About Cindy Pon

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.

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?

Cindy: I really love my climax. It’s the culmination of my heroine's entire journey. Will she be able to defeat the enemy? There are many layers to this story and the climax. I love that.

Me: 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?

Cindy: I have a children's picture book coming out using my own Chinese brush art, and also a sequel for Silver Phoenix.

Me: Who is your writing hero and why?

Cindy: Neil Gaiman. Not only is he multi-talented writer, he is also so kind and gracious and charming in person. He gives so much of himself to his fans, and he makes it look easy, and I know that it can't be!

Awesome! Readers . . . You can visit Cindy at her home on the web: http://cindypon.com

Also, you should know that Silver Phoenix is kicking some serious butt:

Booklist just named it one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth . . . and Meg Cabot loved it!

“I couldn’t put it down. Your heart will be racing, and you’ll be aching for more. An addictive gem.” —Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead series

If Meg says it, it must be so!

While you’re at Cindy’s site, check out the book trailer for Silver Phoenix. (Go here: http://cindypon.com/silver-phoenix/ then scroll down.) It’s Amazing!

And . . . Silver Phoenix is officially on sale. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Phoenix-Beyond-Kingdom-Xia/dp/0061730211/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225672442&sr=1-1

Cindy will be chatting with Neesha tomorrow at: http://neeshameminger.blogspot.com

Thank you so much for stopping by, Cindy!

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