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radio interview

If you missed it on Saturday morning because you were sleeping or watching cartoons or out enjoying beautiful, pre-monsoon weather, my interview with Barry Eva of A Book and a Chat is now online for your listening enjoyment!

I really enjoyed this one. We talked a bit about books and writing, of course, but we also covered a range of topics from Back to the Future to Quantum Leap, two topics I can discuss for hours. Barry even slipped in a reference to the classic SF film Short Circuit! Given that the format for the program is “a chat over a cup of tea,” you might be wondering what my beverage of choice was throughout the half-hour interview.

It’s obvious, really. I was, in fact, sipping Earl Grey.

Please give the program a listen and leave some feedback. It’s short, it’s entertaining, and perhaps even enlightening. Many thanks to Barry for the great conversation!

While you’re at it, you can also check out interviews with my fellow Apocalypsies, Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost, due out this Tuesday, 4/24!), J. Anderson Coats (The Wicked and the Just, just released!), and Lynne Kelly (Chained, due out 5/8/12).

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a book and a chat

Tomorrow morning (Saturday, April 21) at 11 a.m. EST, I will be talking with Barry Eva, author of the YA romance Across the Pond, on his radio show A Book and a Chat. I like tea and talking about writing and books, so I’m looking forward to this! If you’re awake that early on the weekend, you can grab your own cup of caffeine and chat with us too, by calling into the program at 347-237-5398. Call! Ask questions!

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all things asian must come to an end…

Wait… While technically true, that’s kind of an awful thought, isn’t it? In any case, all I mean is that the All Things Asian webstravaganza ended yesterday. *sadface*

Thank you to everyone who visited the three participating blogs and read all the great posts, commented, entered contests, and helped make this such an exciting, educational, and interesting online celebration. Big thanks to our hosts, who pulled this amazing thing off: That Hapa Chick; iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books; and My Words Ate Me. I was honored to be included in this.

I hope we can continue to think about, discuss, and promote diversity in young adult fiction, and in all areas of our lives. In the meantime, if you missed some of the posts, you can find links to all of them at the main website:

http://livelaughlovebook.blogspot.com/p/all-things-asian.html

Many of the giveaways are still running through April 30. I’m looking forward to sending a Fair Coin prize pack to one lucky winner!

Stay frosty,
Eugene

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all things asian!

I’ve been remiss in mentioning this sooner, but I’m participating in All Things Asian, an online celebration of Asian culture, authors, bloggers, and Asian-influenced literature hosted by That Hapa Chick, iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books, and My Words Ate Me.

These three blogs are running guest posts and interviews now through April 16 with excellent folks like Jay Kristoff, Ellen Oh, Melissa de la Cruz, and Kat Zhang, among others. I was honored to be invited to contribute something too; an interview with me about my work and relationship with my Asian heritage will appear on April 9, but I’m following and enjoying all the posts, and I hope you will too! I’ve also offered up a Fair Coin prize pack for the All Things Asian giveaway, which includes a signed copy of the book and assorted swag. Giveaways end on April 30.

Here’s the main page for the event, where you can find links to all the posts and giveaways as they appear.

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happy not-birthday!

There’s been some confusion over the release date for Fair Coin, but after today, that shouldn’t be a problem. See, March 27 was the tentative publication day, but just like the Pirate Code, a release date is often more of a guideline than an actual rule. The official release date was March 6, and books appeared even before then; what can I say, the book has been waiting to be published for a long time, and you can’t blame it for a little impatience right at the end. Ah, reckless youth.

In any case, not every site and bookseller updated the release date when it changed, so you’ll likely see some folks celebrating Fair Coin‘s birthday today and in the coming weeks. To that, I say, “Huzzah!” Who doesn’t like celebrating a birthday more than once? Especially if that means more cake. I’m happy that people are enthusiastic enough about Fair Coin to celebrate it on the internet, and I hope more readers, stores, and libraries will pick it up since it is now, finally, officially, out.

In the fine tradition of Hobbit birthdays, I decided to get you all a little something to celebrate this most excellent non-occasion. We’ve been working on something special, and I hope you like it.

Since Fair Coin involves a coin that grants wishes when you flip it, a lot of readers have been wondering what I would wish for if I had such a thing, or asking themselves that very question. I’m curious about that too. I was introduced to the concept of Japanese wishing trees in an episode of the anime series Kimagure Orange Road years ago and have been fascinated with the idea ever since.

Here’s how they work. The Japanese Star Festival (Tanabata) celebrates the one day each year, on the seventh day of the seventh month (ie. July 7), in which two star-crossed lovers are actually able to cross: the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega) meet–the separated lovers reunited. Part of the festival involves writing your wish on a slip of paper and tying it  to the branch of a bamboo tree, in the hopes that it will come true.

There are lots of variations on this idea. For instance, a Scottish wish tree involves hammering coins into a tree–granting one wish per coin. As I thought about how to celebrate the publication of Fair Coin, one of my wishes come true, it seemed natural to try to develop a similar tradition for the modern age. We all know the internet has power, so who says that it can’t grant wishes? I believe that sometimes just putting your desires out there for the universe to see can help them come true.

So I’ve put together a new Tumblr site called Wishing on a Fair Coin, where you can share your wishes–anonymously if you choose, along the lines of community art blogs like PostSecret. You can upload your own images or allow me to find something appropriate to complement your wish.

I have no idea if this will take off, but my wish is that you’ll drop by, wish for something, and help spread the word wherever you can.

Go ahead, make your wish and flip the coin

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