Happy November. In the world of writing, November means one thing: NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated.
I have never participated in NaNoWriMo before, but that hasn’t kept me from being deeply cynical about it. This is probably because December always found the writerly listservs to which I subscribe bombarded with questions like, “I finished my novel in November. How do I get an agent?” I would roll my eyes, but others would patiently explain that perhaps a little revision was in order first. I understood their enthusiasm: when I finish a draft of a novel, I want everyone to read it, too. But, I know that it’s not actually ready yet, and a good waiting period for all readers — myself included — is in order. I guess that’s why I was unimpressed by the idea of writing a whole novel in a month. How good could a book written in 30 days actually be?
In Secrets of Truth & Beauty, Dara is a former child pageant star. So, in order to introduce you to the wonderful authors and characters of the 2009 Debutantes, I am hosting a Debs Pageant on my blog.
Today’s contestant is Ai Ling from Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix.
Character name: wen ai ling
Biography: a typical teenager from the ancient kingdom of xia. not so typical that at 17, i’ve failed to become betrothed.
What is your talent? i have the power to connect to other’s spirits. to hear their thoughts, feel their feelings…as my ability grows, i learn i can do even more.
What will you wear for the evening dress competition? a red silk dress with flowing sleeves and embroidered with dragons and phoenixes.
Who is your escort? my crush, chen yong.
And now for the interview portion . . . If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
i would ask that society is not so rigid in their thinking when it comes to marriage and limiting women’s roles to the inner quarters.
Thank you Ai Ling and Cindy!
Silver Phoenix is available now! Order it from Amazon, or pick it up from your local independent bookstore.
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