Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Author and Publisher Interview and Giveaway: Cat Girl's Day Off

Welcome! I am here today to share with you an interview between a fellow Asian, Ellen Oh (recently featured on our All Things Asian event), and two lovely ladies from Tu Books: Kimberly Pauley, author of Cat Girl's Day Off and Stacy Whitman, the editorial director at Tu Books! How awesome is that, the author and editor (plus another author) in one post!

Stacy: Tu Book is an imprint of Lee & Low Books. We publish diverse fantasy, science fiction, and mystery for children and young adults. We started because genre fiction for young readers needs more diversity, needs more characters of color starring in their own adventures.

Cat Girl's Day OffNatalie Ng’s little sister is a super-genius with a chameleon-like ability to disappear. Her older sister has three Class A Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her mom has laser vision and has one of the highest IQs ever. Her dad’s Talent is so complex even the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management (BERM) hardly knows what to classify him as.

And Nat? She can talk to cats.

The whole talking-to-cats thing is something she tries very hard to hide, except with her best friends Oscar (a celebrity-addicted gossip hound) and Melly (a wannabe actress). When Oscar shows her a viral Internet video featuring a famous blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat realizes what’s really going on…and it’s not funny.

(okay, yeah, a frou-frou blogger being taken down by a really angry cat named Tiddlywinks, who also happens to be dyed pink? Pretty hilarious.)

Nat and her friends are catapulted right into the middle of a celebrity kidnapping mystery that takes them through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago and on and off movie sets. Can she keep her reputation intact? Can she keep Oscar and Melly focused long enough to save the day? And, most importantly, can she keep from embarrassing herself in front of Ian?

Find out what happens when the kitty litter hits the fan.
About strong girl main characters:
Kimberly: I know books helped define who I was as a person. They were my escape, my solace, my…well, everything. I read a LOT when I was growing up. And I really searched out books even back then that had strong girl main characters. I needed that in my life. I think all girls do.
About diversity in YA lit:
Stacy: To me, it means intercultural connections. I’m white, though of course that could mean a variety of cultures of origin (in my case, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, English, German, Prussian, and a little bit Cherokee and Choctaw), and growing up in the rural Midwest I knew so few people from anything other than a Swedish/German/English background. But throughout my adult life, I’ve met so many people whose experiences/cultural background/faces are different than mine, and I want to them (and the fantastic/science fiction versions of them) reflected in the books I read just as much as I want to see myself. As it’s been said so many times, books should be both windows and mirrors—we all need both.
I'm loving it already. Diversity is what it's all about, guys. Be sure to read the full interview at The Enchanted Inkpot!

Not only that, but along with my own blog, you have a chance to win one out of FIVE copies of Cat Girl's Day Off! Visit The Enchanted Inkpot, That Hapa Chick, and My Words Ate Me for all five chances!

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