10 QUESTIONS & GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR CHRISTINA FARLEY
I’M EXCITED TO WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINA FARLEY TO ALL THE WRITE NOTES FOR “10 QUESTIONS WITH“. CHRISTINA AND I CHATTED ABOUT HER DEBUT BOOK GILDED, MUSIC, HER BOOK TRAILER, AND CHRISTINA IS GIVING ALL OF OUR CANADIAN AND AMERICAN READERS A CHANCE TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF GILDED. ENJOY, AND GOOD LUCK!
Welcome to A.T.W.N., Christina. Let’s start off by telling our readers a little bit about Gilded.
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 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.
Thanks, Christina. Gilded sounds fantastic. Now this week your book trailer premiered over at Tor.com, and it’s amazing. Tell us a little about the film student Alex Shin who created it, and how you got connected with him.
Alex Shin is one of my former students at the international school I worked at and the school my main character attends. One day, while I was procrastinating on Facebook I saw one of his movie clips. I was so impressed with his work, and instantly I knew he’d be perfect for the job. So I contacted him and asked if he’d be interested in doing the trailer for GILDED. I’m so thrilled that he said yes!
Bio: Alex Shin is a freelance filmmaker born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Attending various international schools throughout his life, he grew up embodying his multicultural influences around him, shaping him to be a filmmaker who aspires to experiment between cultures and transcend language barriers through his work. Currently attending his last semesters as a film student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he just can’t wait to jump into the international film scene upon graduation.
Staying with your trailer, what was it like seeing a character that you’ve spent countless hours creating in your mind, come to life on film?
It was very surreal. When I gave Alex the script for the trailer, I actually gave him two. One with a live actress and one without. So I didn’t know which way he’d go. Cindy Lin ended up playing the part of Jae Hwa and I thought she did an excellent job. Plus she really looks like how I imagined Jae Hwa to be when I wrote the book. I was especially impressed that Alex managed to find a pink hanbok (traditional Korean dress) since that’s what Jae Hwa wears in the first chapter and a traditional Korean horn bow, which is also hard to come by.
Now your sixteen-year-old main character, Jae Hwa Lee, is a Korean-American girl who is amazing with a bow, has a black belt, and discovers a demi-god is after her soul. How fun was she to write?
She was, and is (since I’m revising a possible book 3), so fun to write. I really felt in tune with her voice and now that I’m working on book 3, it’s as if I’m with her experiencing the story rather than making up the story. But I did have to do quite a bit of research in archery and tae kwon do. I took classes and studied for eight months to make sure what I was writing was accurate.
When I connect with a character that I’m reading, or writing, I often think about them outside of the book. Bizarre, I know. But honestly, sometimes I wonder what type of music they would like, what movies they would watch, or whether they would like Subway. Now focusing on Gilded’s main character, Jae Hwa, what type of music would we find her listening to?
I would categorize Jae Hwa as listening to music that fits her mood. If she’s doing a workout or hitting her punching bag, it would be something along the lines of Creed. But I also could totally see her listening to something more melodramatic like Plumb.
It’s clear that you love to explore, and travel the world. How big of a roll does your passion for traveling have in shaping your writing?
Traveling has played a huge part in my writing. Actually I started writing because I wanted an outlet for all the stories that I kept imagining every time my husband and I went on a trip. I started writing down those stories for fun so I wouldn’t forget the places I visited. Soon that passion turned into pursuing writing as something more than a fun hobby.
Music plays a big part in all the writers’ lives that contribute here at ATWN. What’s the role, if any, of music in your writing routine?
I listen to music when I’m drafting up a novel. I always create a playlist before I begin and that really helps set the mood of my book. I especially find it helpful because as a working mom, I don’t have the luxury to spend lots of time getting back into where I was in the story. A playlist pulls me right back to the world that I’ve created.
What was your first concert?
I can’t remember. But when I was in 3rd grade I was the ‘lead singer’ for a band that my friends and created. We’d secretly practice in the closet until one day we got too carried away when screaming the chorus: “I love rock and roll”. We were sent directly to the principal’s office.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
One Book…One Band…
Across the Universe…Kutless