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?