June 12th, 2009


Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Cynthea Liu, author of PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE.

About Paris Pan Takes the Dare

Twelve-year-old Paris Pan's life is a mess. She's just moved to a tiny town in Nowheresville, Oklahoma; her family life is a comical disaster; her new friends are more like frenemies; and the boy she has a crush on is a dork. Things couldn't possibly get worse, until she discovers that a girl mysteriously died years ago while taking a seventh-grade rite of passage–the Dare– right near Paris's new house. So when Paris starts hearing strange noises coming from the creepy run-down shed in her backyard, she thinks they could be a message from the ghost of a girl. But while she has no plans to make contact with the great beyond, her two new friends have other thoughts. Everyone who's anyone takes the Dare, and now it's Paris's turn.

About Cynthea Liu

Cynthea spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was
a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee
champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the
East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered
PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles.
Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun
stuff–writing for children. In addition to PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE
and THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA, Cynthea's nonfiction book WRITING FOR
CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (how to write, revise, and publish
your kid's or teen book with children's book publishers) is available
in paperback. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1605301140/?tag=cynthealiu-20

Now on to the interview: Welcome, Cynthea! This is your second debut of 2009, you must be so busy, so that leads to my first question: What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

cynthea:Wow. Just about everything competes for my time. To get it all done, I need a lot coffee, part-time help to care for my daughter so I can work in peace, and many late nights.
Eventually, when the house is quiet, or I've been at non-writing activities for too long, the manuscripts call me back into action.

Me: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Cynthea: I do a combination of both. Usually I start with a few chapters so I can formulate the characters and a potential plot. Once I've got some chapters I like, I try to outline. Then I get ticked off at the outline and go back to writing chapter by chapter. I think the outline helps though because it shows exactly why something won't work.

Me: Haha - don't we all get ticked off at the outlines? What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Cynthea: For PARIS PAN, the book is set in Oklahoma, the state where I grew up and I love that I was able to write and publish something featuring my home state. Oklahoma hardly ever gets credit for anything. In fact most people think it's the weirdest state ever. But I'm quite proud to be Oklahoman and I LOVE that I can do my small part to show others that Oklahomans are people, too! :)

Me: That sounds like such an interesting and vivid setting! What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Cynthea: For Paris Pan, I still haven't seen an actress that could play her - so few that are Asian and that young. If Paris Pan made it to Hollywood, I would hope they pick a no-name actor. A total underdog. Because that's who Paris is. :)
Me: Great! Thanks for stopping in!
Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://cynthealiu.com

o Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399250433/?tag=cynthealiu-20