YA Mania Author Interview: Christina Farley

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Today’s post is all about one of YA Mania’s featured authors, Christina Farley!

I actually ‘met’ Christina after inviting Meredith to YA Mania. Meredith had emailed me asking if she can invite a friend/co-author to join the panel and signing, which I obviously agreed to. After emailing Christina, I cyber-stalked her and her books and was surprised to find out that she has lived my dream life. She’s traveled the world and used that experience to write books. Her first book, Gilded, is actually set in South Korea- one of the many places she’s visited. I aspire to be like her, I want to travel and learn about different cultures and their mythologies. If it weren’t so hard to find a steady job in the field, I would’ve definitely become an anthropologist! I would love to immerse myself in different cultures!

Here’s Christina’s official Goodreads bio and a cute gif she made:

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After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate.

Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC.
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.

And now for the exclusive interview! Note: This interview was done via email

Q: In your bio you mention that you traveled for ten years before writing Gilded. Does that affect your writing? Is so, in what ways does that experience affect your writing?

A: Absolutely. I incorporate many of my travels and adventures into my books. There are a number of scenes in my books that are real life events that I’ve thrown in a little fiction with them. Not only do these places inspire me for settings, but they spark new ideas for stories. GILDED is set in South Korea where I lived for eight years, SILVERN is set in North and South Korea, and the third book (still not officially announced) is set in China where I also visited.

Q: Out of all the places you’ve visited which is your favorite?

A: It’s a tossup between the south island of New Zealand and Innsbruck, Austria. Both are so magical. I love mountains (isn’t that ironic since I live in Florida!) and quaint towns, and both these places have that. Plus their food is to die for.

Q: As a teacher, do you try to incorporate reading into your students’ lives?

A: Reading and writing have always been huge components in my teaching. My students tell me that we read and write A LOT in my class and I tell them that makes me very happy. And then they groan. The reality is that those who read every day are more successful in school and later on in their work fields. Reading broadens a person’s scope and knowledge, and empowers them to go beyond in their accomplishments.

Q: After the Gilded series are you planning to continue writing?

A: I love telling stories so I will definitely keep writing. I have about a million stories floating through my head at this very second. But I do have a middle grade that is in my agent’s hands, and as soon as I finish fine-tuning Gilded #3, I have another YA series that I’m super excited about tackling. I can’t spill any details yet, but all of these stories will be set in overseas locations in places that I’ve lived or visited. And they will appeal to fans of the Gilded series with elements of fantasy and strong female characters.

Q: You wrote a short story when you were ten and it was rejected by a literary magazine, do you still have the story? What is it about?

A: That’s a great question! I don’t have the story, which is good and bad. Good in that it was awful, bad in that I would love to show where I began and how a person with hard work and determination can get published.

Thanks Christina! If you can go to YA Mania make sure to stop by Christina’s table and buy her book Gilded!

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