What’s your pen name?
– Mira Crest
Tell me about your most recent story you’re writing and the title.
– The story title is The Cursed Princess, and it’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling set in a dystopian medieval world.
It’s about a fae princess, Lunar, who lives in the Fae King’s castle, the last place that is still safe from the monsters and evil race known as humans that roam the desolate world outside. Lunar has the ability to channel things and characters from her dreams into reality.
One night, she starts having recurring nightmares of a spindle ring and her dying in a cathedral. Worried and curious about the dream’s meaning, she investigates the spindle symbol–which is also the fae’s symbol–and discovers a hidden library filled with books titled with names of people.
One of the books’ character, a charming human mage, comes to life and takes her hostage to escape from the fae. Her quest to escape the mage soon turns into a journey of survival and she soon unveils secrets that blur the lines of friends and foes and reveal the true cause of the curse that plagues her lost kingdom.
What age were you at the publication of your first novel?
Ever used an ex as character inspiration? Tell me more.
No, because I’ve never been in a relationship.
Who was your last novel dedicated to and why?
All readers who enjoy young adult Beauty and the Beast retellings with adventure, action, and mystery, because I love intriguing readers with my stories.
What’s something you’ve learned about yourself while writing?
My wisdom runs deeper than I thought, lol.
What’s your most cherished holiday tradition?
Chinese New Year, because it’s so lively and beautiful.
Where do you live?
Would your most recent protagonist pick:
Hot dog or pasta? Hot Dog
Shower or bath? Shower
Office job or free lance artist? Free lance artist
Parasailing or scuba diving? Scuba diving
Italy or Alaska? Italy
Wine or tequila? Wine
Horse or dolphin? Dolphin
Write a descriptive sentence about where you are currently sitting to see if the reader can imagine it.
Within a sophiscated white box with three hanging suns above and faced with a window of characters atop a wooden altar.
What is something you hope to achieve decades from now in your writing career?
To become the Stephen King of the young adult fantasy genre.
Do you write stand-alones or series? Why?
Both. Right now, I am experimenting which one readers prefer.
Where is your favorite location to write and why?
My bedroom, because it’s quiet and and my personal space, which allows me to think without being distracted too much.
Which was your favorite book you read this year?
Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun.
Do you have a pet who supports your writing? Who is it?
No. The only pets I had were a pet tortoise and a cat but that was when I was little.
Tell me three things about your favorite protagonist.
1. Able to keep a sound mind despite being wrongly accused.
2. Loyal to friends.
3. Spent nearly 2 decades to dig a hole to freedom.
What is a mistake you made early in writing that you’d advise other authors to avoid?
Mistake: I focused too much on where the plot should go instead of the process that triggers the plot. Advice: Plot points are important, but what truly makes your stories stand out is the process your characters undergo to solve mysteries and make new discoveries and it has to trigger emotions and a sense of mystery in the readers minds.
How many books have you written?
What’s your writing goals for 2022?
To finish writing the following books:
– Extended version of The Slave Princess and the sixth Princess League book where the heroines’ stories intertwine.
-Third Land of Shifters book.
-First Vampire Worshippers book.
Tell me about a book you’d like to advertise here and why?
The Hidden Princess. It’s an adventurous, action-packed psychological Cinderella retelling with a deep message and is also the first book that introduces readers to the world of the Princess League series.