In this week’s Q&A YA Wednesday, we’ve got, Stacey Lee, whose debut UNDER A PAINTED SKY is out March 14, 2015. You can see the book blurb, along with Stacey’s bio at the end of the post—but first, you’ll want to see how she answers these quirky questions.
1. You wake up one morning and, OMG, you’re A SUPERFLY-ING WISH GIVER! What’s the first thing you do with your new ability?
Note the hyphen, which is key, as I not only want to superflying, but also be super-fly.
2. Turns out your parents aren’t happy with your change. What fictional character do you ask to help you get out of the bind, and how do they “fix” you?
They would ask my sisters to intervene. But when they see I have wish-giving skills, we would do a little back scratchy-watchy.
3. Back to normal, you arrive at school and literally crash into your crush. He/she asks you why you’re shaken up. What do you tell him/her?
I’d ask him if he wanted to go on a magic carpet ride. I could show you a world….
4. He/she isn’t convinced you’re telling the truth—after all, it’s a pretty far fetched story. He/she suggests going somewhere to talk about it more. Where’s this dream date taking place?
5. It might not be true love yet, but there is a Happily Ever After in your near future. As a Fearless Fifteener, your book is out this year. Tell us about it in 140 characters or less.
A Chinese girl and a house slave disguise themselves as cowboys to run from the law in an unforgettable story of friendship and sacrifice.
ABOUT STACEY LEE
Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, wrangles children, and writes YA fiction.
UNDER A PAINTED SKY
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.
Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
An unforgettable story of friendship and sacrifice–perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.
“Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats.” – Kirkus Starred Review
“A vivid, nontraditional western…with plenty of twists…Growing romantic undertones with hints of uncertain sexuality add bonus interest to a story that distinguishes itself by integrating strands of Chinese lore and wisdom, Christianity, and music with themes of friendship, diversity, and survival.” — Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review