Interview: Grace Lin
Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: House score music
In her newest book for upper elementary school readers, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin combines folklore, fantasy, and full-color illustrations as a curious young girl named Minli heads out to meet the Man in the Moon, intending to ask him a thing or two. She meets a variety of interesting characters along the way.
Grace is going on a journey of her own: a ten-day book blog tour across the Internet. I have the honor of kicking off the tour here at Bildungsroman. Here, there be dragons - but only nice ones, I promise!
I think well of dragons, so I prefer it when they are friends (rather than foes) in fairytales and myths. My favorite fictional dragons are Falkor from The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende and Fiddlestick from Strangewood by Christopher Golden. Do you have a soft spot for any fictional dragons?
I have to admit my favorite dragon it my first friendly dragon in the book My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. I loved that book and still do. When I first began writing Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, I thought I would try to write it with that same kind of light, fun and wonderful feeling. It didn't work out that way, but you may still see some of the similarities.
Some people believe in the Old Man on the Moon; others think it's made of cheese. Some wish on a shooting star or have superstitions about the symbolism of a full moon. When you look up at the moon in the sky at night, what do you see?
When I look up at the moon, I always think this poem:
May every sunrise hold more promise,
Every moonrise, hold more peace.
I don't know who wrote it, it seems to be anonymous.
That's lovely. I hadn't heard that before, but I really like it. Did your parents read to you as a child? Do you feel as though in oral traditions are fading or staying strong in today's technology-heavy society?
I don't think my parents read to me as a child (probably because English was their second language) but I do remember them constantly reading books. After dinner, my parents would bring us to the library. So books and stories were always an important part of my life.
I am hoping that with all of today's technology, the tradition of sharing stories has become even more important. As wonderful as virtual connections are, nothing compares to real-life sharing. I would think that as humans we eventually crave personal contact; and the oral traditions, reading or discussing a book together are the connections that cannot be broken. That is what I hope, at least!!
I share that hope with you.
Follow Grace's blog tour!
Wednesday, June 24th: Bildungsroman
Thursday, June 25th: Shelf Elf
Friday, June 26th: Paper Tigers
Saturday, June 27th: MotherReader
Sunday, June 28th: Charlotte's Library
Monday, June 29th: Write for a Reader
Tuesday, June 30th: The Mommy Files
Wednesday, July 1st: Thrifty Minnesota Mama
Thursday, July 2nd: Creative Madness
Friday, July 3rd: Abby the Librarian
Visit Grace directly at her website, blog, and Facebook page.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon will be released on July 1st. Learn more about the book at wherethemountainmeetsthemoon.com