Interview with Stacey Lee, author of Under A Painted Sky

1. Tell us something about your book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to? 9780399168031_Under_a_Painted_Sky-2

My debut, Under a Painted Sky is YA historical fiction, and is about a Chinese girl in 1849 who commits a crime in self defense, and knowing that the law won’t side with her, flees down the Oregon Trail accompanied by a runaway slave. They disguise themselves as boys and meet up with a band of cowboys. It has been called a ‘diverse western.’

2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

It’s a stand alone.

3. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

I love to hang out with friends, dance, go to the beach, and read!

4. Did anyone inspire you to start writing, if yes, who, or did you always knew you just had to write?

Writing was just something I did, ever since I could hold a pen. I loved reading stories, and creating them came naturally to me. Not to say ‘writing’ was ever easy — I struggle every day to write well.

5. Any advice/tips for newbies?

If you love it, do it. We all have days where we want to quit, but if you truly love it, it will never quite leave you alone.

6. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Sure, I have two books coming out next year. The first, Outrun the Moon, is about a Chinese girl in 1906 San Francisco who impersonates an heiress to gain entry into an white girls’ school, but her plans are shaken up when the earthquake hits. The second, Touch Me Not, is about a girl with a supersensitive nose who makes love potions with her mother, but things go amiss when she fixes the wrong person, and she must fix her mistake before her mother finds out.

7. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)


8. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

Leonidas. Yum.

Author Bio  I4wfy9XvrOoDnSzWDaZBh8KzeVfGhe9G4qEeAEJ_qKc

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction.

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