Today we're excited to chat with Emiko Jean (Empress Of All Seasons)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Emiko, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Emiko Jean!
Emiko Jean is the author of the psychological suspense novel We'll Never Be Apart. Her second novel, Empress of All Seasons, is inspired by her Japanese heritage. Emiko lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. Aside from reading and writing, she loves hiking and travel. Follow her on Twitter: @emikojeanbooks.
Meet Empress Of All Seasons!
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?
I was a pretty voracious reader. I’d devour anything from thrillers (any Christopher Pike fans out there?) to historical romances (which my mother left laying around the house) –
to this day I still love a good bodice ripper. My love of sci-fi/fantasy started with more adultish books such as Dune, The Hobbit, Fahrenheit 451 etc.
YABC: What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self?
Anything with an Asian lead protagonist, diversity in kidlit was few and far between when I was a teenager. I would’ve loved Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, anything by Julie Kagawa or Renee Ahdieh.
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
Honestly, English/Language Arts, especially the grammar/copy edit sections. I’m a terrible copy editor. I’ve been accused of some pretty serious word crimes, abusing commas for example. I would have saved myself a lot of future strife. Also, while we’re going back in time and giving my former self-advice – DO NOT get anything on your face pierced.
YABC: What 3 YA books would you love to recommend to our readers?
Mine, obviously. Shameless self-promotion aside my top three are, in no particular order:
1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Each are a little different but the writing is superb.
Empress Of All Seasons
By: Emiko Jean
Publisher: HMH BYR
Release Date: November 6th, 2018