Hi guys! Happy Thursday! Today I am so happy to be on the blog tour for a book that I am so excited to read: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee! This book sounds super awesome and I really hope to read it soon! What I’m really excited for is that I have the special opportunity to have F. C. on the blog with us, so please give him your warmest welcomes!
About the Book:
Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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.
1. Your debut YA novel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo follows Genie as she fights demons from Chinese folklore when they invade her hometown of San Francisco as she tries to finish her homework and get into her dream college. Did you have to do any research as you incorporated Chinese folklore into your novel? What are some of your favorite tales you have come across?
I had to do quite a bit of research! Journey to the West, the Chinese classic this book draws from, has inspired so many adaptations that I knew I could be inadvertently tapping a secondary source unless I was careful. So I studied an abridged and an unabridged translation of the original work. From there on I wrote my adaptation, so if I’ve altered the portrayal of any elements for good or bad, at least they’re my own alterations.
One of my favorite tales comes at the end of Journey to the West, where Sun Wukong’s traveling band have defeated all their tough enemies and just need to cross a river. They end up getting dunked, simply to make the number of their challenges add up to eighty-one, which was numerologically important to the original story. Because, you know, why not?
2. Would you say that you are more like Genie or Quentin? Were any of their characteristics or experiences based off you or what you’ve gone through?
More like Genie, by far. Internally, I have a tough time letting go of the bad things that happen in life, so a lot of the time I’m motivated to make sure they never happen again. Genie’s frustrations in standing out academically is pretty close to what I felt at her age. That’s a far cry from the more easygoing Quentin.
3. I hear that Genie Lo is full of comedy, and I love a book that can make me laugh out loud! Would you consider yourself to be a jokester, and what would you say is your most hilarious moment?
I’m not much of a joker in my day-to-day; I leave that mostly in my writing since I used to edit my college’s humor magazine. The most hilarious moment I can remember off the top of my head was when I’d first moved to San Francisco and was checking out a very small standup comedy open mic. A performer started to talk about how silly the weekend afternoon movies on the SciFi (Syfy?) channel are, and began explaining the premise of one called “Rock Monster.”
I’d seen Rock Monster though, and began to laugh uncontrollably before he got to his joke. The performer was definitely cool about it since it was a casual setting, but in true standup tradition, he was obligated to make fun of me for drawing attention. It just made me laugh harder until the rest of the audience was also laughing and making fun of me. A good time was had by all.
4. Since your novel features an all Asian cast, why do you believe it’s important to accurately portray racially diverse characters and the struggles that they go through in YA fiction?
This is pretty simple- it’s important because people of all different races and experiences are worth reading about, and it would be a lie to pretend otherwise. Authors of all different races and experiences are worth reading, and it would be a lie to pretend otherwise.
5. As a debut author, what is one thing you wished someone would have told you before you started writing and publishing?
I wished someone would have told me that while figuring out how to make a scene, plot element, or character as good as possible is important, it’s also equally important to ask yourself why it’s there in the first place.
6. What are some of your favorite things about San Francisco, especially considering that you set your book in your hometown? If I were to visit the Bay Area, what are some things that I must do during my stay?
The food comes to mind. San Francisco has too many great restaurants to name, so you basically can’t go wrong by standing in the longest line. Yeah there’s waits, and no, not everyone thinks they’re worth it, but the end goal is usually pretty good on an absolute scale.
I’d recommend that after you hit the sights, you take a walk through North Beach without a destination in mind. It’s a pretty and relaxing way to unwind.
7. Is the title a pun, and if so, was it intended? (I really think it is!) How did you come up with it?
It is! The team at Abrams suggested it. I was told “wait until you see it with the cover graphic,” so I did, and then I was absolutely blown away!
Thank you so much, F.C., for coming onto the blog! It was such a great pleasure having you!
5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.
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