I’m super-excited about today’s writer – Adelle Yeung. I found this indie author via an online Facebook party, and won some of her beautiful bookmarks, which I keep stored safely on my bookshelf away from sticky hands and dog mouths. Her debut, The Starriest Summer, is the first in a YA fantasy trilogy (read my review here). She answers my nosy questions and shares an excerpt with us below!
Let’s start with a little bit about you. Tell me where you’re from, and one fact that people might not know about you.
I’m from the Bay Area, California, and one fun fact is that I’m allergic to nuts. Alas, I don’t know what a Snickers tastes like, and eating a slice of German chocolate cake sent me to the ER. Pretty funny story whenever I look back on it, actually…
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first story for fun in second grade. It was so long ago that I can’t remember WHY I started writing it. Then, in sixth grade–after having played several video games that inspired me to write–I started writing with the purpose of sharing my stories with others.
Are you a pantser or plotter?
Definitely a plotter! I like to stew ideas in my head and mold them around before I write them down, because I feel that writing them down makes them too concrete. Once I like where the characters and plot are going, I write an outline, then once I feel the world is sufficiently fleshed out, write the actual story.
Describe your typical writing day.
I usually have to be at a certain level of tranquility, and making a cup of tea helps me calm down and get in the mood. I start some music, review my notes, and stare at the computer screen until the right sentence comes to mind, and away I write! Most of the time I forget to eat, but tea is definitely a requirement.
Do you listen to music when writing?
I sure do! I listen to video game music, because it’s so conducive to concentration and illustrating the scenery in my head. I find instrumental music to be massively helpful, and I even wrote a (somewhat obnoxious) guest blog post about why video game music is the best music to listen to while writing. (Check it out here!)
Tell me about your journey to publication.
For years, I tried to go the traditional route with pursuing a literary agent. I’ve gone through countless queries, many no-responses, some “I like it but I don’t love it.” Early last year, I contacted my friend and cover artist, Brandon Lacey, if he could create cover art for The Starriest Summer, just for fun, and if I ended up continuing to pursue traditional publication, then at least the cover art would be a fun project for the both of us. Once I saw the finished artwork, I got really excited about self-publishing it, and haven’t looked back.
Where did you draw your inspiration for your debut series, The Cycle of the Six Moons? Is the series complete with two books, or is there more coming?
The main character of The Cycle of the Six Moons, Michelle, loves video games, and so do I. I came up with the premise when I was thirteen, on a family road trip to Disneyland. As we passed by the blur of orange trees on the side of the freeway, I wondered why in video games you so often have to save the princess. That’s when I came up with the idea of rescuing a prince from an underwater fortress, which became an arc in the first book of CSM, The Starriest Summer.
The Cycle of the Six Moons is a planned trilogy, and The Starriest Summer and An Eclipsing Autumn are already available. The third and final book, The Last Winter Moon, is scheduled to be released this November.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on editing The Last Winter Moon, but I’m also doing light research on my next standalone novel. It’s going to be about stage magicians in San Francisco!
What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
I love inspiring people, whether it’s through my writing or other activities, such as my voice acting, so I absolutely love it and get super emotional whenever someone tells me that not only have I inspired them to voice act, but also to write their own books. I love inspiring others to achieve their dreams.
What’s your Hogwarts house and why?
Hurhurhurrr. Ravenclaw all the way. This might be racist, and it very well might be because she’s Chinese, but when Cho Chang first made an appearance in The Prisoner of Azkaban, something just clicked. Also, Luna is in Ravenclaw and she’s just delightful, and Hermione could have been in Ravenclaw.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Draw, voice act, and play video games! I like to illustrate scenes from my books (I have a gallery here!), and with the help of my voice acting friends, we’ve even acted out some of the scenes from the first two books of The Cycle of the Six Moons. (Check out the voice-acted teaser trailers here!) My love of 90s and early 2000s video games led to my interest in voice acting, since many RPGs of the time didn’t have voice acting, and I liked to act out the text with my voice. It’s even cooler voice-acting in video games that I actually play.
I also cook and make clothes. Hurray for afterthought pastimes.
Where can we find you on social media?
The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Starriest Summer (Book One)
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Excerpt from Chapter Two: The Creator’s Return
“It’s this young lady I wanted to have a word with,” she continues.
“Yes, young Goddess, you!”
I hear Gediyon gasp, “So you are…!”
“Why have you returned?” the woman shrieks, inching closer to my face. Her breath smells like curry. “Starrs is not ready for your soul. You should have stayed in Tyme!”
“What are you talking about?” I start.
“She came from Tyme?” Gediyon asks.
She twirls around and I can breathe. She says, “Yes, boy, and she should have stayed there.”
“What about time?” I say. “I’m just playing a game!”
“No! No you are not! Starrs is as real as your ‘Earth,’ and the Cycle is not a toy at your mercy. Your brother shouldn’t have created that machine of his. He knew he’d be playing with the universe!”
I gape at her. “I… I don’t understand.”
“Of course you don’t!” she spits. “The Creator should only enter Starrs when she is born here. She’s raised and taught the ways of the Cycle. It’s a lifestyle. A fifteen-year-old can’t hope to learn how to be Goddess in six months. All because you and your brother wanted to play a game, you’ve awakened the dormant Cycle of the Six Moons, and all the universes are doomed.”
She twists herself like thread on a spindle, then vanishes into nothing.
The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn (Book Two)
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Deciding last minute to stay in Starrs, Michelle continues her epic adventure as Goddess. After all, learning how to save the world sure beats a year of pre-calculus. With her friends by her side, Michelle travels to a city of scholars to learn the lore of the Cycle of the Six Moons.
At first, the exotic retreat turns romantic, as Michelle spends her free time exchanging sweet letters with the crown prince, Jayse. But, during her studies, Michelle learns something that drastically changes her game plan. Powerful blood must be spilled to end the Cycle…blood that only runs through her veins and the prince destined to fall in love with her.
During a celebration honoring their enlightenment, Michelle and Jayse are whisked off to a rogue city as trophies of a tournament, where only the strongest can claim a taste of their blood. Gallant as ever, their guardian, Gediyon, enters to prevent harm to his friends. Unfortunately for the contestants, the Cycle’s latest trial prevents everyone from waking from a cursed slumber…
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.
She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.
Huge thanks to Adelle! Make sure you check out her books using the links above!