Hello and welcome to today’s stop on the Genie Lo blog tour! Today I have an interview with the author, F.C. Yee, and Genie Lo herself!
Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
About the Author:
F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.
Questions for the author
1. What was your inspiration for this story?
My inspiration was the vague, nebulous idea that legendary figures brought into a contemporary setting could have some awesome battles that I wanted to write, with the mundane backdrop making their exploits seem even more incredible. But over time, as the story developed, I became much more interested in the down-to- earth character struggles I’d set up.
2. If you had to pick one character to be your favorite to write, which would it be and why?
I liked writing Yunie as a supremely confident, completely uninhibited person whose moral compass is determined only by what’s good for her friends. Now that I think about it, she’s a little like the original Sun Wukong in that regard. I never really put that together before now.
3. This is a super important question: Do you pour milk in a bowl before the cereal, or pour the cereal in before the milk?
Cereal first, then milk. Though I recognize the drawback that you can’t see exactly how much milk is there.
Questions for Genie Lo
1. What’s your favorite subject in school?
Math. I’m not vulnerable to misinterpretation in math.
2. If you were on an abandoned island with only three things with you, what would they be?
A satellite phone, a tank of water, and Quentin because he could jump us out. Sorry, but there’s no way I’m staying on that island a second longer than I have to.
3. When your city came under siege, what was your first thought?
“This isn’t happening.” The thought didn’t last long though. Life has a way of telling you what is really happening, and it’s not always going to wait for you to come around.