Emails from Viewers7:19 PM
Recently, I was one of the kids featured in a documentary on England's Channel 4. I received a giant wave of emails. Some of these contained questions. I decided to answer a few here on my blog.
1.) Q: Do you agree with the advice that you should always write about what you know?
A: Not really. When you're writing "realistic fiction," it sometimes is best to stick with what you know, because otherwise your story might not ring as true with readers. However, you can always do research--and I have found research immensely helpful. Also, how could authors write fantasy stories if they only stuck to what they knew?
2.) Q: Have you ever read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel?
A: I have read the book Life of Pi. It was a very interesting book, and I would recommend it to others.
3.) Q: Have you thought about reading more about chinese history / folklore and [then] coming up with an interesting fantasy novel?
A: I do enjoy reading about Chinese history and folklore. So far, I have not written a story about either, but I think it would be a fun idea. Thanks for suggesting!
I also received many questions not related to the Channel 4 documentary. Here are a few.
1.) Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Springfield, Oregon, but I currently reside in the town of Redmond in Washington State. If you haven't heard of it, don't worry. It's pretty small. Oh, and it is the headquarters of Microsoft.
2.) Q: How do you get started writing a story that will become a good book for people to read?
A: It does depend on your definition, and your reader's definition, of a "good book." To get started, I would advise you to first think about three important things: your story's characters (the people/animals in your stories), your story's setting (the place and time in which your story is set) and your story's conflicts.
3.) Q: Are you in the middle of writing any stories right now?
A: Not really. However, I am in the middle of editing my novella, the Pickpocket Princess.
4.) Q: How many books have you published?
A: So far, I have published two books, Flying Fingers and Dancing Fingers. I will be publishing two more books soon, Yang in Disguise and the Pickpocket Princess.
5.) Q: How many siblings do you have?
A: I have one older sister, Adrianna.
6.) Q: Have you moved a lot?
A: It depends on what you call "a lot!" I was born in Springfield. Pretty soon after that, we moved to an apartment in Bellevue, but that was only for a couple of weeks. By the way, I was really young, so I don't remember any of that part. Then we moved to Renton, and that's when I began remembering things! My dad works for Microsoft and it was sort of a long commute from Renton to Redmond, so we moved to Redmond. And I don't think we're going to move again for a little while.
I hope that you've enjoyed reading this post. Best wishes to all!