About the book:
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.
An Interview with Cindy Pon:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Cindy: I read Sweet Valley High for a while, and also Agatha Christie (only Poirot!). I was very much more into romance than as an adult reader. I was addicted to those young adult historical romances with a single title name like "Natasha" and two heroes on each side of the cover. Who would she choose?!
I can't remember not reading something--though I pretty much grounded myself in fantasy, romance, historicals by that time. Also read a lot of Piers Anthony and Anne Rice.
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Cindy: I think I don't read as much straight romances, but I certainly do enjoy romantic tension and elements in a book. But historicals and fantasy are still two favorite genres of mine.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing SILVER PHOENIX, and what was the hardest?
Cindy: Actually writing the rough draft was difficult for me. I really enjoyed the research to get into the mood and feel of the novel as well as revisions.
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Cindy: I did. I drew from personal experiences for my heroine. I based some of her characteristics (love of food) and interest (for chinese brush art) on myself. But she's definitely *not* me.
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Cindy: When I landed the deal for my novel was both the most exciting and the scariest. After I realized I'd be a published author, I couldn't help but feel some what terrified! It takes a brave soul to chase her dreams--and even more courage to live it.
Me: What are you working on now?
Cindy: My children's picture book with my own chinese brush art as well as the sequel for SILVER PHOENIX.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Cindy! Another interview to come later this week. :)