Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blog Tour: Malinda Lo


This is the first time I have participated in a blog tour, and I am so glad I was able to do this for a wonderful and new author, Malinda Lo. I just finished reading Ash, and it is ah-mazing. Definitely unique.

I'll have the review up soon, and then you can see why I think it's worth reading. As a part of the tour, I was able to ask Malinda some questions. They are below along with some extra enjoyable things to read and view that have to do with Ash. The next stop on this blog tour will be over at Books By Their Cover.

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What do you want your readers to take away from your book?

Generally, I hope that readers can escape from the world a bit while they’re reading Ash. I want it to be a fun and absorbing experience. I also hope that the book brings home the idea that falling in love with someone of the same sex is totally natural.

Which of your characters do you relate to the most?

In Ash, I relate to all of them in different ways, even the stepmother. Like Ash, I love to read, but unlike her, I think I would never have gone off wandering in the woods alone. That would have freaked me out. I understand the stepmother’s motivations for her actions, and actually I don’t dislike her. I relate to Kaisa in that I am also very direct in my personal relationships, but I am so not as cool as her! I relate to Sidhean a lot, too, but I can’t quite put my finger on why. He feels very connected to me for some reason, even though I swear I’m not an ancient fairy with a mean streak!

Are there any authors that have inspired you to write?

My all-time children’s/YA favorites include Robin McKinley (Beauty, The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown) and Madeleine L’Engle (A Ring of Endless Light is my favorite of hers). More recently I’ve been inspired by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy) and Kristin Cashore (Graceling and Fire).

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For more on Ash, check these sites out:

http://www.malindalo.com/ash/authors-note/
http://www.malindalo.com/ash/faq/
http://www.afterellen.com/print/2009/4/youngadultfiction
http://www.afterellen.com/notesandqueeries/04-20-09


4 comments:

Stephanie said...

I have heard good things about this novels -- and there are not enough books which portray same-sex love in a relaxed, natural way. Like this author, I LOVED Madeline L'Engle

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for sharing Malinda.
The cover for ASH is beautiful.
I am SO going to read ASH!
:)
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Malinda Lo said...

Thanks for participating in the blog tour, Danielle! Glad to hear there are more L'Engle fans.

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