Monday, March 3, 2014

Interview w/Christina Farley + Giveaways!

 
Christina Farley, author of the YA fantasy, Gilded, has stopped by the blog today for an interview! For more about Gilded, stick around 'til the end of the post, but for now lets start picking Christina's brain. 
 
1. What was your most memorable experience while traveling internationally?
That’s a tough one because I’ve been to so many amazing places around the world. But today I’ll stick with Korea. My favorite place is probably Seoraksan National Park. Its located north of where I lived in Seoul and the mountains are stunning with sharp jagged spikes. My husband and I went in the spring when the cherry trees were blooming. I’ll never forget how the blossoms fell like snow around us. The climb to the top of the mountain was rigorous but the view was spectacular. You can even see into North Korea from there.
{Christy and her sister, Jules, in Namdaemun}
2. For someone who has never tried Korean cuisine, what would you recommend as the yummiest?
There are actually a lot of food references in Gilded because I had to put all my favorite foods in the book. For lunch I love kimbap because the seaweed wrapped around Korean rice is just yum. As far as a main meal, I love dolsotbibimbap, which is rice, fried egg and vegetables cooked in a hot stone pot.

And now you’ve got me craving Korean food.
3. You have a list of Korean mythological creatures listed on your website. Out of all these, which is your favorite?

In Gilded, Haechi is my favorite. He’s fierce and scary, but he’s got a soft heart for Jae Hwa. And he seems to always understand what she’s going through.


4. What book (besides Gilded, of course!) would you recommend to readers who wanted to read more about Asian culture?
One of my favorite Korean books is The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park. It’s a picture book based on a true story and it absolutely captures the feel and essence of Korea. Every time I read it, it pulls me back to living in Korea. My friend, Ellen Oh, has also written a Korean fantasy called Prophecy that readers should definitely check out.

5. For you, what is the hardest thing about writing a book?
The hardest part about writing a book is having enough time. I’m a working mom so there are always so many things that clamor for my attention. Yet because writing has become my creative outlet, I’m determined to find time to write even if it means I don’t get much sleep or get to watch my favorite TV show.

6. And last but not least, your mc, Jae Hwa, wanders down a dark alley. A figure rushes her from the shadows, a knife glinting in their hand. What would Jae Hwa do to disarm her attacker?
She would spin into a roundhouse and knock the knife from his hand. Then she’d kick him hard in the stomach and demand what’s his problem. She’s not exactly polite when being attacked.
7. Oh! And I lied- this is the last question! You're a professed fan of dark chocolate. What's your ultimate dark chocolate treat?
I love the Dove dark chocolates with those cute little messages inside. And Peppermint Patties. Both of those are writing fuel for me.
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Ooh, Peppermint Patties- always a good choice! Alright, so there are two giveaways that you can enter w/this post: aRafflecoptergiveaway(Kindle paperwhites & Korean swagbags) that you won't want to miss and, and plus, this cute little arrow bag(Jae Hwa is good w/a bow, y'all). To be entered, just leave a comment. The winner will be announced March 6th. Also, if you enter, it'd be nice if you'd follow Christina at one or more of the following social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, GoodreadsWebsite (it's so pretty, guys!), Youtube, & Tumblr.

{Image courtesy of Retrodition}




YA Fantasy

Release date: Mar. 1, 2014

A Korean god. An ancient curse. Can she escape becoming GILDED?

A girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows discovers an ancient Korean god has been kidnapping the first-born daughters of her family for generations. And she's next.
Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's  next.But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There's also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae's heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for.

Available at: Amazon, BAM, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble

CHRISTINA FARLEY, author of Gilded was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of Gilded. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. Gilded is her first novel. For more details check out her website, www.christinafarley.com. Christina holds a master's degree in education and has taught for eighteen years. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons Literary.
 
 
 
 
And finally, a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Christina. Wishing you and Gilded all the best!   

59 comments:

  1. Time is always a challenge. Everybody seems to want to have a pieces of you when you sit down to write.

    And note to self: never to attack Jae Hwa.

    Good luck to Christina and Gilded!

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  2. I love the premise of this story. Congratulations on making to publication!!!!

    What a gift to have done all of that traveling so that you can use that information in your novels.

    I, too, love dark chocolate. I particularly like the Dove's that are flavored with something like raspberry. Oh, so good. The beauty is that you really can just eat one or two and then put them away:)

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    1. I like the York patties, but I haven't quite crossed over to the 'dark' side yet. =) Milk chocolate is still my thing!

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  3. I don't read much fantasy, but I picked up Gilded (about halfway through) because I have so many Korean friends and thought it looked like a fun way to learn more about the culture and folklore. Really enjoying it so far!

    I agree that their food is amazing, though their idea of dessert isn't terribly appealing to a Western palate (like the bean curd "candy"). But sure, I'll take their main dish foods any day.

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    1. Yup, don't think I'd feel that kinda candy, either! But the dolsotbibimbap sounds delicious. =)

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  4. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! And what an adorable bag!

    Stephen- love your comment!
    Robin- thank you so much. YAY! We are dark chocolate buddies.
    Laurel- thank you for picking up GILDED and I'm glad you are enjoying it.

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    1. You're welcome! It was my pleasure. =)

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  5. I get the international life. We're about to leave again, but it is so fun to see other cultures. Sounds like a fascinating story.

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    1. Best of luck w/the traveling, Johnell!

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  6. I love the sound of this story. Sounds so fascinating. Congratulations!

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  7. I haven't made it to Korea yet, but I dearly love their food! Our neighbors in grad school housing were from there and I'd bargain for dinner invitations. I hated it when they left (okay, not just for the food, we were great friends, too, but I'll admit I did miss her cooking, too :). Love the sound of Gilded, and best of luck to Christina!

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    1. Friends that can cook are the best, right? ;)

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  8. I'm so excited for my copy of Gilded to arrive! So many things I love all in one little book! So proud of you, my friend!

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  9. ANother wonderful interview! Can't wait for my copy of Gilded. Great giveaway!

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  10. Best wishes Christina for lots of sales!

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  11. Been to Korea twice, love their culture and cuisine. Doesn't hurt their celebs are so cute. This book is a must read joining Korean culture with the west and the transition of those stuck between the two identities.

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    1. Korea sounds like an amazing country to visit! And who doesn't like a cutie or two? =)

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  12. Nice interview Leandra and Christina--I'm looking forward to GILDED!

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  13. My oldest sister traveled to South Korea for a three week teacher fellowship a couple of years ago. She loved it. I've thought about teaching over there. I'm looking forward to reading Gilded. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Great premise. I love novels about other cultures. I like to learn something new while being thoroughly entertained. Great interview! Plus Christina's website is the bomb.

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    1. Isn't it though? Love all the glitter-like details!

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    2. Thank you! I was so happy with what my designer did.

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  15. Oh, that is adorable! Thank you for the giveaway :) I just read Gilded yesterday and LOVED it! I'm a huge fan of Christina, so I was really thrilled that I enjoyed her book. I cannot wait to read Silvern! :D

    Thank you again!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  16. Great interview! I cannot WAIT to read Gilded! It sounds so unique and fabulous :) Congrats to Christina!

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  17. I love those Dove dark chocolates too! So good!

    I've been seeing Christina all over the place. Congrats to her.

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    1. Dove is a great brand of chocolate! It's my second fav after Hershey choc.

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    2. Thank you!!!! And yay for dark chocolates!

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  18. This sounds really interesting! I love reading about other cultures.

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    1. And it's much more fun reading about them in a YA book than a text book! =)

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  19. Congrats on the book, Christina! I'm going to go check it out. I'm sure my daughter would love it if I read it to her.

    Heh, I was reading the list of Korean food and immediately thought of kegogi. Not that my husband has actually cooked it, but he has threatened it a few times (we have 3 dogs). But we are never without kimchi in our house.

    I wanted to name a daughter Michita (Japanese for filled), and my husband laughed saying "Michi means crazy in Korean". He said it'd be okay if we called her Chi, but we needed to have a daughter named Kim first, so together they'd be KimChi. That's how we picked our daughter's name, Kimiko (Japanese for child empress, and boy does she act the part).

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    1. Very cool, Loni! Kimiko is very pretty. Give your daughter a curtsy for me. ;)

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    2. So adorable! I love that name. And yes, I use crazy in Korean in GILDED so you'll have a little chuckle when you get to that part. I love that you always have kimchi at your place.

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  20. Sounds like such a fun read. Congrats Christina! I'm definitely going to check it out.

    And great interview, Leandra! Well done. :)

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  21. The book sounds amazing and it's totally going on my to-read list. The mythology sounds amazing.

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  22. Ooo, I love bibimbop!! Now I'm craving it, too :) Congratulations on Gilded, Christina!

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    1. I feel so out of the loop- I've never eaten any Korean food! I should remedy that sometime. =)

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  23. Wahoo! I love learning about other cultures, although I'm not terribly brave with food--unless it involves cheese. =) What a beautiful book cover!

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    1. There's a fondue restaurant in Indianapolis I bet you'd love, Crystal. A menu full of stuff to dip in yummy, melty cheese!

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  24. GILDED sounds fantastic! and man, do I love dark chocolate too. And now I want some :)

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  25. I loved the interview! Jae Hwa sounds awesome - a real scrapper, and I love to read about those. I wish Christina huge success! :)

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  26. GILDED sounds wonderful! Great interview Leandra and Christina!

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  27. You're right - her website is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the interview. GILDED sounds fantastic! I love when travels influence a writer's work.

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    1. I wish travel could inspire mine more. Alas, my vacation are always 'staycations'. Though anytime I don't have to be at work is a good time! =)

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  28. Great interview! I love hearing about other people's travel adventures.

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