Snagged from Rachel:

Leave a comment saying “Interview me,” and I’ll respond by asking you five questions. Post your answers to the questions and the questions themselves in your blog/journal, with the offer to interview someone else in the same post.

1. What inspired you to write The Beast’s Apprentice?

Sometime at the beginning of August, I randomly thought about matchmakers, and told myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if Beauty is originally the Beast’s matchmaker who ends up falling for him (and he her)? Hmm, but why would she want to play matchmaker for the Beast? Oh, I know! He’ll have to make her his apprentice and teach her magic in return! Also, let’s make Beauty seek out the Beast and force him into accepting the deal herself!”

Thus, The Beast’s Apprentice was born. It combines two of my favorite tropes: “Beauty and the Beast” re-telling and mentor/apprentice romance, which makes me very, very happy. Often, I only manage to weave in one of my kinks into any given story — any more than that would render it terribly cliche.

2. What is your favorite food?

Living in the dorms and eating servery food have taught me appreciation for all edible food that is not heart-stopping snacks. However, I do have a special fondness for Vietnamese food. Especially any form of Vietnamese noodles and vermicelli. I’ve missed eating it every day. :<

3. Do you have a favorite quote; if so, what is it?

I horde quotes the same way I do good stories, and it’s difficult choosing just one. However, the quote I’ve been liking for a while now is Gilbert K. Chesterton’s

    To love means loving the unlovable.
    To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.
    Faith means believing the unbelievable.
    Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Especially that first line, I really like.

4. What is your favorite book? Did your favorite author write it, and if not who is your favorite author?

I have half a dozen favorite books that I tend to cycle through. Currently, my favorite is Mairelon the Magician duology by Patricia C. Wrede, two YA fantasy novels set in Regency England. As The Beast’s Apprentice is set in the late 1800s, I’ve been re-reading them to get a feel for Regency/Victorian England. Mairelon, the main male character, is perhaps one of my favorite characters ever — next to Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle) and Eugenides (The Queen’s Thief series). As in, I’d like to marry him if he didn’t already belong to Kim. Patricia C. Wrede is also one of my favorite authors: I enjoyed the majority of her works that I’ve read.

5. If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why?

To live permanently, or to visit? If the former, I would stay in the here and now, as there are freedoms we have now (as a woman, etc.) that I don’t particularly want to lose. If the latter, I’d want to travel to Christ’s life time, because I’d be insanely happy seeing him in person just once. :>

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