Want was released earlier this week and was one of my most anticipated June releases (see my review here). Thank you so much to Cindy Pon for stopping by my blog to share her thoughts on her new book! And make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!!

About the Author:

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine and Sacrifice, her second duology are out (Month9books). WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei releases June 13th, 2017 (Simon Pulse). She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website here.

About the Book:

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Author Q&A:

• What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy eating very much! ha! I have also been doing personal training for the last five months and that has been a blessing and wonderful. I love to read, travel, and watch movies in the theatre—don’t get to do enough of any of these. Also, my favorite hobby is doing Chinese brush painting. I have been a student of the art for almost twenty years.

• Which scene in Want was the most fun to write?
Oh, gosh. I like a lot of them. I’d say the opening of the novel, or the denouement scene (after climax). The airped scenes are pretty great too.

• What was the coolest thing you found yourself researching for this book? 
Not sure if cool, but finding out that instead of it being a near-future thriller, much of what is in the book is current headlines from China. There was one article that said the Chinese who live in the North have over five years cut from their life expectencies due to the pollution they breathe.

• Who would you cast in the movie version of your books?
I can never answer these questions. There are not enough young Asian American actors I know of and I don’t watch Asian dramas or shows really. 🙁 I think some of my rad readers would do much better!!

• What were some of your favorite reads of 2016?
I really loved When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, The Reader by Traci Chee, Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromley, RADICAL by E. M. Kokie, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraid Cordova, and ENTER TITLE HERE by Rahul Kanakia.

• Any advice to young authors looking to be published?
Read widely, beyond your favorite genres. You will learn from every book to help hone your own craft. Writers write.Take your writing seriously and carve out time for it. Turn off your inner-critic when you’re working on your first draft. Every writer’s rough draft is rough!

Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on Want!


Enter below to win a finished copy of Want by Cindy Pon. Open to US street address only (no PO boxes) and ends June 17.
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12 comments on “Author Q&A: Cindy Pon (+GIVEAWAY)”

  1. I have had my eye on this book for a while! Sci-fi is one of my favorite genres. The Taipei setting also seems really interesting to read about.

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