Last Sunday, book lovers from all over the world had an hour to ask Green Island author, Shawna Yang Ryan, some questions about her book, her work, and her personal life. I was actually one of the many people who waited for the #GreenIsland chat on Twitter, and I am beyond delighted to have asked Shawna some of my questions.
First, here are some of Shawna’s answers to Green Island related questions:
“Why the title Green Island?” – @PRHGlobal
“What’s your inspiration in writing Green Island?” – @JMCabraal
“Characterization or plot. What drifts your attention most while writing?” – @hema_says
“Can you give us some details about your writing process?” – @JMCabraal
“Did you ever get writer’s block? If so, what did you do to combat it?” – @bookaholicF
“How much does historical detail matter – do you focus on getting the feeling or do you obsess over names & dates?” – @formosaphile
“Were you already living in Taiwan before you wrote
#GreenIsland or did you go to Taiwan because of it?” – @annerooo
“What sets Green Island apart from other Historical Fiction books?” – @JMCabraal
“Why did you make the protagonist nameless in the novel?” – @Yachih
And now, here are answers to some questions that are more personal, about Shawna’s life in general, as well as her personal preferences or favorites:
“As an author, how do you divide your time for writing your book/s and reading other books?” – @JasmineRaymundo
“What’s your favorite book of all time and why?” – @JMCabraal
“What does your family think of your writing?” – @hema_says
“For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?” – @hema_says
“Say you were given the chance to have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would you pick?” – @lygill
“Who is your favorite author?” – @hema_says
And, of course, Shawna also had a few words of advice for aspiring writers worldwide:
“Any advice for people who are thinking to write for the first time?” – @hema_says
And now, for some awesome quotes from her book, Green Island:
So, there you have it! An hour of enlightenment from Penguin Random House author, Shawna Yang Ryan. If you want to learn more about her, you can always check out her Twitter account, Goodreads profile, or Website.
Oh, and do check out her novel, Green Island! I know I will!
Until the next post, readers! I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!