Cinda Williams Chima is the author of The Seven Realms Series (The Demon King & The Exiled Queen). We are thrilled to have her here on BCM for an interview. Thank you Cinda for joining us!
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BCM: What is one food you would never eat?
CWC: Insects--intentionally, anyway. Or anything else that requires me to hold my nose or close my eyes. My brother once ate this fermented shark meat in Iceland that totally reeked. And I'm like, Life's too short and there are too many really great things to eat!
BCM: Pet Peeves?
CWC: Hypocrites. They drive me crazy. I can honor most anything if a person is consistent.
BCM: Skittles or M&Ms?
CWC: M&Ms. Definitely. Peanut M&Ms are great travel food for when you're in the &!@# airport and you can't get any food.
BCM: If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
CWC: Mark Twain--so I could thank him for saving my life in high school. I had to do an oral book report on The Last of the Mohicans, and I found some essays Twain had written that were critical of James Fennimore Cooper. They were hilarious. I'd also love to meet William Shakespeare, to find out if he were really Christopher Marlowe. Such beautiful language, and yet accessible enough to entertain. That's what I aim for.
BCM: What was the first book you read?
CWC: I can't say, but I believe it involved an intense, conflicted relationship between Dick and Jane.
The Exiled Queen Book Info:
The Exiled Queen
By Cinda Williams Chima
Published by Disney Hyperion
Cinda's website: http://www.cindachima.com/
Book Summary: (from Goodreads - Warning contains spoilers if you haven't read the 1st book in the series)
You can't always run from danger...
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.
The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.