Tuesday, April 10, 2012

All Things Asian: Julia Kagawa and Giveaway

Welcome to All Things Asian! Visiting today is the amazing and awesome author of The Iron Fey series and the upcoming novel The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa!
Julie lives in La Grange, Kentucky, with her husband, two cats and two dogs. Her third novel, The Iron Queen, became a New York Times bestseller, and her debut novel, The Iron King, recently won the RITA® Award for best young-adult fiction novel of 2010.
What do you look for in a book?
I'm actually a fairly picky reader. Things have to make sense for me to enjoy a book. Logic holes, out-of-character decisions, plot pawns, and unrealistic fight scenes pull me out of a story quicker than anything else. That being said, I adore epic, sweeping plots with larger than life characters, and if said characters are heroic, sympathetic, honorable, and real, I can forgive most anything else.
If you could have any supernatural power, what would it be?
Teleportation. Think of the gas money I'd save! And not having to worry about traffic? Priceless.
What are some of your favorite books with Asian characters?
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson. Memoirs was just a gorgeous, beautiful book, and The Fox Woman was about my favorite mythological creature, the kitsune.
What is your favorite Asian dish?

Oh, that's easy. I'm a HUGE sushi fanatic. I love the stuff, and not the fake "sushi" you can buy at Kroger, where there's no real fish in it at all. Gimme the good stuff with salmon and tuna and eel. I also love sashimi, which is slices of raw fish and nothing else. Add a little soy sauce and wasabi....mmmm, I'm drooling just thinking about it. ^__^
Do you enjoy anime or manga? If so which ones?
Lol, oh boy. I'll name just a few favorites, or we'd be here all week. Fushigi Yugi, Inuyasha, Ayashi no Ceres, Bleach, Naruto, Gundam Wing, Vampire Knight, Chrono Crusade, Trigun, His and Her Circumstances, Weiss Kruss, Shinobi Life, Death Note, Samurai X...okay I'll stop now. So much awesome anime, so little time.
Do you feel like your Asian heritage influenced your writing at all?
A bit.  I've researched Japanese history and I know a fair amount about the culture, for someone who has never been to Japan and can't speak the language, anyway.  And my current book, The Immortal Rules, features an Asian main character who wields a katana, so I'd say it has definitely influenced my writing. 
Thank you so much for sharing, Julie! To learn more about Julie Kagawa and The Immortal Rules, stalk her on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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