Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Promo Post + Interview - The Cycle of the Six Moons Series by Adelle Yeung

The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Starriest Summer (Book One)
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game. 

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this! 

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe. 

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood. 

Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…

The Cycle of the Six Moons:  An Eclipsing Autumn (Book Two)
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…

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When did you start writing?

I wrote my first for-fun, non-school-assignment story in second grade when I was seven.

What makes you want to write?

I love creating new worlds and the people that inhabit them.  I love running alongside them in an exciting adventure that I probably won't ever experience in my own life.

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?

Occasionally, I get writer's block.  Most of the time I know what I want to write, but I don't know how to execute it, so I try to find inspiration in other books, movies, video games.  Maybe I'll go on a walk, and by the time I get back, I force myself to write.  There's always room for editing later.

Do you have a special way of going about writing?

I'm an outliner.  I like to lie around, daydreaming about what's going to happen, and then once I know for certain that's what I want to write, I finally scribble down some notes.  I don't like writing an outline too early, because it makes things concrete, and I like my ideas to be flexible and float around in my head until I like what they're shaping up to be.  Listening to orchestrated and instrumental music from video games helps set the scene once I'm doing the actual novel-writing part.

Do you have any works in progress?

The third book in the Cycle of the Six Moons still needs polishing up, but otherwise, it's pretty much done!

What are your hobbies? 

Besides writing, I'm also a voice actor.  When I'm not voice acting, I like to draw, or sew, or pull weeds.  Pulling weeds is surprisingly therapeutic.

Who is your favourite character in The Cycle of the Six Moons series?

Gediyon!  He's super cool, all around a great guy, he can cook, and he's probably the most important character in the series, despite not being the protagonist.

How did you get the idea for the The Cycle of the Six Moons series?

I was on a family road trip to Disneyland when I was gazing out at the passing California countryside.  I was pondering video games and why you always have to save the princess in video games, when I thought of saving a prince from an underwater fortress.  That scene actually ends up in the first book, The Starriest Summer, and everything else evolved from it.

What was your favourite part of writing The Cycle of the Six Moons series?

I'm a bit of a sadist in my writing.  I love writing my characters into crushing situations, and they're close to giving up, but their friends come around to pull them back to their feet and persevere, no matter how much it hurts.

What are you currently reading? 

Un Lun Dun by China Miéville.

What is your favourite book? 

Singular, outside of the Harry Potter series, probably The Princess Bride.  I have three versions of it--paperback, illustrated hardcover, eBook.  Given my limited bookshelf space, I think that's a feat.  I think the book is hilarious, and I love the confession scene between Buttercup and Wesley--makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Also, as great as Fezzik and Inigo were in the movie, their friendship in the book is SO ENDEARING!  Ah!

Who is your favourite author? 

J.K. Rowling!

What is your favourite film?

Hoo, tough question.  As far as recommending a movie to someone else, probably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Real people with sci-fi technology, trying to cope with human emotions.  I love it.

What is your favourite TV show?

Again, if we're going by how many times I've said, "You need to watch this!"...Breaking Bad.

Quick-fire questions:
Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate!
 Paperback or ebook? Paperback! ...only 'cause you can do a lot more with formatting.
 Dogs or cats? Kitties! ...'cause I'm allergic to doggies.
Go out or stay in? Stay in!
 Summer or winter? Winter!

About the Author
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.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.

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