Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

I’ve got another great interview and giveaway. Welcome to Debut author Wendy Wan-Long Shang.

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the recipient of a Work-In-Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu is her first novel. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington D.C.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I already feel as if I live in the future, what with holographic televisions, iPads and movies on-demand through my video game system. (It doesn’t help that I’m a “late adapter” and my husband is the last lawyer in America without a cell phone.) I think I’d travel to the past – maybe to Laura Ingalls’ time. They were so independent and at the same time, so appreciative of every little thing they had.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A knife, an encyclopedia and a pack of pencils. If I’m going to be somewhere alone and with no phone or Internet access, I’m turning it into a writer’s retreat. (I’m hoping you can write on the backs of palm leaves.)

What is one book everyone should read?
I think everyone should read a Joey Pigza book. I think Jack Gantos does a terrific job of showing what it’s like living with ADHD, and reading those books might go a long way to helping a lot of misunderstood kids.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I already have a superhero name that I share with millions of other women – it’s “Mom.”

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to fly. And barring that, I like my sister-in-law’s desired superpower: the power to have my children listen to me the first time.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I love making ice cream, and this summer, my oldest child and I made Dulce de Leche ice cream. Sooooo good.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Once in a very great while, my family and I trek over to the Krispy Kreme factory and get hot, fresh doughnuts right off the conveyor belt. Mmmmm……

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I love all kinds of music, from ancient choral music to classical to pop. One song I always count on to put me in a great mood is “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. It doesn’t hurt that my youngest was born in September!

Night owl, or early bird?
I used to be a night owl, but lately I’ve been an early bird. I get up, exercise, walk the dog and then come home and wake up everyone else.

Pet Peeves?
People who throw their cigarette butts out the car window. It’s like, what? the whole earth is your ashtray?

Skittles or M&Ms?

Favorite Cartoon?
My favorite cartoon of all time is an old Warner Brothers one called “Feed the Kitty.” It’s about a big, burly bulldog named Marc Antony who finds a little kitten and tries to hide it from his owner. The bulldog looks like such a tough guy, and he becomes a totally softie for this kitten. His expressions slay me every time.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
I think it would be fun to be Eros/Cupid, shooting people with arrows and making them fall in love. But I’d want arrows not just for romantic love, but also for brotherly love, love for one’s fellow man. That would solve a lot of problems!

How do you react to a bad review?
I look up reviews of some of my favorite, all-time books, and then I see that they also have tough reviews. It’s a good reminder that even the most well-loved books have their critics.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I haven’t felt in-between books since I started writing this one. I think once you turn on that story brain, it’s hard to turn off!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
For every person who thought they were going to get something perfect, and got something entirely different, this book is for you!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
I’d love to live in the world of The Phantom Tollbooth for a while. Wouldn’t that be a riot? I’ve always wondered what some of that food tastes like.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
For my main character, Lucy, I would choose “Tumbthumping” by Chumbawamba, for the anthem, “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.” It’s particularly applicable to a scene in the book – which you’ll have to read to find out!

What great answers!  Thank you Wendy!

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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang is part of The Story Siren’s Debut Author Challenge!

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang:

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She’s ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her older sister, the perfect Regina. Her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi-Po, her long-lost great aunt, is coming to visit from China and will be staying in Lucy’s room!

Lucy’s vision of a perfect year is starting to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, forced attendance to Chinese School with the unbearable Talent Chang, and an impending showdown with the school bully Sloane Connors.

Her perfect year is ruined, or is it? While Lucy may not get the “perfect” year she had in mind, maybe she can create something even better?

Giveaway Details:
Thanks to Scholastic I have 1 copy of The Wall of Lucy Wu for giveaway.
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