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.

silverphoenix Today’s contestant is Ai Ling from Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix.

Character name: wen ai ling
Age: 17
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.

To learn more about Cindy, her writing, and her art, visit her website.

Debs Pageant: Cindy Pon
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