Photo Blog Tour – Wing Jones | Katherine Webber

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  • Title: Wing Jones
  • Author: Katherine Webber
  • Publisher: Walker Books
  • Release date: January 5th 2017
  • Pages: 384

Blurb

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.


Hear,  hear! I’m on board another blog tour! This time around, it’s for the AMAZING Katherine Webber with her much anticipated debut novel, Wing Jones, which was published on 5th January 2017 in the UK. That beautiful cover though. 

With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants…

Katherine Webber was born in Southern California but has lived in Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong and now in London. For several years she worked at the reading charity BookTrust, where she worked on projects such as The Letterbox Club which delivers parcels of books to children in care, and YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention. You can find her on Twitter @kwebberwrites.

Throughout January, over 40 bloggers will be participating in the #WJphototour – a photo blog tour documenting Katherine’s path to publishing her debut novel. From childhood memories that inspired her writing to her time living in Atlanta and Asia that influenced the book to authors she’s met over the years right up to receiving her first finished copy of the book, follow along to see Katherine’s author life unfold! Keep an eye on the hashtag to see the latest photos!

Here’s the photo for my tour stop!

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While studying in Hong Kong, I spent a lot of time traveling in China. I loved speaking Mandarin and getting to know Chinese culture and customs. I was also a total tourist—proven her by this picture of me on the Great Wall in Beijing! Wing’s Chinese heritage was partly influenced by the time I spent in China.

Kudos to Katherine for publishing her first ever book. Do keep an eye on the hashtag to see all the other photos in this fun photo blog tour organised by Walker Books. Till my next post, keep reading!

Blog Tour – StoryTime: Author Interview | Mary Fan

If you are a fan of Mary Fan you’re in for a treat! Thanks to dear friends from Glass House Press, I was given the opportunity to interview her on her new novella release – Let Me Fly Free.

1) How long does it take you to complete a novella?

It really depends on the novella. If I’m writing in a world I’d previously created, as I was with LET ME FLY FREE, then it goes a lot faster than if I’m starting from scratch. I write pretty quickly once I know what I’m doing, but it takes me a while to get to that point… the plot outlines, the character sketches, the backstory, the world-building. It’s hard to say how long all this pre-work/planning took me for LET ME FLY FREE since I’d developed the world a few years earlier when I was writing the other Fated Stars novella, TELL ME MY NAME, and I had a series arc with all these characters already created. It took me a month or so to get back into the Fated Stars headspace, and then another few weeks to plot out the novella. Once I had all that done, though, the actual writing process only took maybe a week. Then came the edits…

2) Why did you choose to make Let Me Fly Free a novella rather than a novel?

LET ME FLY FREE is a prelude to a fantasy series that will see a great, ancient evil–banished at the beginning of time–returning to destroy the world. The first full-length book in the Fated Stars series is currently with Glass House Press for edits, and it’ll depict the beginnings of this evil’s rise. Elaia has an important role to play in the series, and LET ME FLY FREE is something of an origin story for her–a glimpse into what her world was like before the madness began. Given the amount of material I had for the story, a novella was more appropriate than a full-length novel.

3) I noticed that you take pride in the main character being a heroine – what is the main message you would like to send to your readers on this?

That women and girls are complex, multi-faceted individuals who can shape their own destinies, and the stories we tell about them should reflect that. That there are many ways for them to be strong, to be intelligent, to be wise. That they don’t have to be perfect to be awesome.

4) Are you looking into writing a sequel for Let Me Fly Free?

Since LET ME FLY FREE takes place pretty much right before the main events of the Fated Stars series (which is somewhat hinted at in the novella), I don’t intend to write a direct sequel in the traditional sense of the world. That being said, Elaia will be back in the main Fated Stars series (having been deeply affected by the events of the novella) and will have an important role in shaping the plot–and the fate of the world.

5) If you were given a chance to write the story a little differently, what would you do?

That’s hard to say at this time since I feel like I just finished working on it! I suppose that, in a parallel universe, I’d have liked to have spent a little more time exploring the enchanted forest Elaia calls home, but doing so would have killed the tension of the plot (which pretty much hits the ground running… it would have been odd to take a detour!). Of course, there will be more opportunities for me to show what the enchanted forest is like in the main series 🙂


Do you have a question for Mary Fan? Ask away in the comment section.

Thank you again, Mary Fan!

Blog Tour – StoryTime: Let Me Fly Free | Mary Fan

Welcome to today’s stop for the Glass House Press StoryTime Blog Tour! The StoryTime Blog Tour features a line-up of all-new shorts from July 5 to 10, 2016. All proceeds from the short stories and StoryTime go to the Spirit Fund, a fund that helps homeless animals in San Diego get the medical care they need.

The book and author in the limelight today is – Let Me Fly Free by Mary Fan.

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  • Title: Let Me Fly Free
  • Author: Mary Fan
  • Publisher: Glass House Press
  • Publication Date: July 5th 2016
  • Pages: 60
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Blurb

Fire fears nothing. And Elaia is about to show her world that she doesn’t, either.

Like the rest of her kind, fire nymph Elaia is bound to her homeland, a forest whose borders were closed centuries earlier in a peace agreement between the humans and the enchanted creatures of the Terrestrial Realm.

But her heart is as restless as the flames she casts, and she secretly yearns to defy that order.

When a mysterious threat creeps into the forest, an invisible beast that leaves a trail of death in its wake, Elaia is determined to fight back and protect her people. Before she can, however, she must learn what the beast is … and the answers lie beyond the borders of her land.

Defeating this evil means she’ll have to go outside the rules, but she’ll do anything to find the answers she seeks—even if leaving her homeland means not only breaking the law, but risking her own life.


More on the author:

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Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

I’ll be posting up my review and interview session I had with Mary Fan soon so till then, do remember to congratulate her on her new release on Goodreads and/or Twitter!