About The Great Call of China:
Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program (Students Across the Seven Seas) to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion—anthropology—and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter Will, the cute guy she first meets on the plane. He and Cece really connect during the program. But can he help her get accustomed to a culture she should already know about, or will she leave China without the answers she's been looking for?
Cynthea spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff–writing for children. In addition to PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE and THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA, Cynthea's nonfiction book WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (how to write, revise, and publish your kid's or teen book with children's book publishers) is available in paperback.
Thai food or Chinese?
Oh, you're asking me to pick between Thai and the Motherland?! In the U.S., I'll eat Thai. In China, Chinese. Everyone wins.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Try, try again. Repeat.
What are you reading right now?
If only I had time to read these days. Last title was DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. Excellent!
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
Elmo's Song. La la la la...
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Dogs or cats?
Favorite movie snack?
SPK - Sour Patch Kids. And nachos with the fake cheese.
What’s your cure for the blues?
Camping or four-star hotel?
Hotel Camps? I don't know. I love both!
Where did you go on your first date?
I was in the fourth grade. We went to the movies and the arcade afterward. Then his mom picked us up. (Yeah, that was really cool.)
Ocean or lake?
Ocean. Lake water scares me. But ocean animals scare me, too. Just slightly less.
The Inferno. (It caught on fire once. Hence the name.)
Snorkeling or skiing?
Snorkel-skiing. I LOVE both.
Do you speak a foreign language?
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
YES! Kinda wish I stuck to Art.
Toll plaza attendant at Six Flags and Chinese restaurant hostess. "Would you like a table or a booth?"
Hot Guy or Hot Pot?
Hot Guys are great but they can be sooo high maintenance. I'm gonna have to go with the Hot Pot. Have you had my ten-minute version? Scrumptious.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Cynthea!