i’m signed up for the scbwi conference
in los angeles this august. since amber
will be there to be my roomie, i’m even
more excited about it!
amber and i have made
a pact to bring historicals back into YA
as a trend. she’s written a wonderful
book based on the moriori tribe off the coast
of new zealand titled rohana. it even
garnered her an award and prize money
at the scbwi conference last summer.
you can imagine how many entries there
were and how talented she is to have
i’ve been busy working on getting my
business cards printed as well as my
official website. i’d like both to be launched
in the summer in time for the conference.
i am in full self-promotion mode. i realize
i haven’t sold my novel yet, but one can
never start too early, right? =)
in the meantime, i’m also reading these
books for research :
i’ve always been fascinated by
women in positions of power–or in
this case, perhaps the opposite. imagine
being so beautiful that you are plucked
from the masses to be an imperial concubine,
among hundreds if not thousands of others.
your only hope to status is to bear a son
to the emperor–and even then, attention can
garner jealousy and death.
if i could choose to go back in any period
to spy among the people, it’d either be
during anne boleyn’s time or among the
chinese emperor’s harems.
i’ve got an idea of how i want novel 2
(the sequel) to be set up. it’s…different
in a way. but it’s what my mind is telling
me to do. and apparently, a YA asian historical
fantasy is different now as well. you can’t
do anything but go with your writerly instincts.
i cannot believe it’s already may, and i’m
very excited about what the rest of the year
may bring. xoxo
addendum : there’s an interesting dialogue
going on over at the book book in regards
to lisa see’s snow flower and the secret fan.
did you read it? what are your thoughts?