The Moa whirlwind tour starts today! Welcome to blogaganza where the questions are fun and the prizes are huge.Posted on Jun 25, 2012 | 47 comments
Today, we’re absolutely delighted to kick-off the Moa whirlwind tour. It’s going to be a wild ride as the author weaves her way through the blogosphere and social media universe in a way that just can’t be ignored. So who’s this cool gal you’re going to be hearing all about this week? And what kind of books did she write? I’m glad you asked. Let’s get to know Tricia through a quirky Q&A we like to call “blogaganza.” But first, here’s our overview of this enlightening fictional journey, a mini review if you will.
Now onto the blogaganza…
Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, food, and element.
- Color – Moa is the bright and natural green of new leaves opening up for the first time in spring.
- Animal – Moa is most like a monkey. The Chinese character HOU is the sign of imagination, and Moa represents many of this zodiac sign’s qualities, including creativity, curiosity and humor.
- US City – Moa is Honolulu, Hawaii. Hillary describes the island of Oahu as she first descends for her visit as beautiful, moss-covered jewels in a glittering sea. The mystical feeling imbued in the islands is in every light cell of Moa.
- Car – Moa is most like a VW Bug from the 70s. They seemed to last forever and never failed to start up when you need them. Likewise, you can always count on Moa to be there when you’re in trouble!
- Food – Moa is most like “Loco Moco.” This local Hawaiian breakfast consists of a generous scoop of white rice and either a hamburger patty or Portugese sausage, then topped with a fried egg over easy. This high protein dish provides nourishment sticks with you for the long hall—both qualities of Moa.
- Element – Moa is water. Not just any regular water, but the kind you drink when you’re in a foreign country. Once you’ve ingested it, you can never turn back. Question is, what reaction will your body, mind, soul have to it? Well, I guess that’s up for grabs.
Here’s a clichéd question: You’re wandering out in the desert and trip over a hard object lodged in the sand. It’s a magic genie’s lamp—OMG! Which three things do you wish for and why? Any chance you’ll regret these choices later?
A magic time travel bubble. I can travel anywhere past present or future and return to the present anytime I’d like and my three wishes are the events I’d like to visit. There is, absolutely, a chance I may regret my decision later. Who knows who I’ll meet or what I’ll experience and what impact it may have on me. But for now, I’ll enjoy the fun of discovering old–or new–worlds, entities, and people. And I’ll finally get to find out what really happened to Edgar Allan Poe the night of his death, watch Shakespeare write “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and see firsthand who really built the Pyramids.
If there was one fictional character (either from literature, television, or movies) whose life and personality most resembled your own, who would it be and why?
Mary Tyler Moore, better known as Mary Richards in her self-titled TV show. I even wrote a play and book about a woman who has a shrine to MTM. Why? The main character moved to the big city and followed the vision of her sitcom’s theme song, “You’re Gonna Make It After All.” I moved from Kansas City to Los Angeles and am in the process of penning my own theme song, “I Will Make It, Damn It.” Obviously, it is a work in progress–as am I.
Now a different spin on the same question: If you could pick, which fictional character’s life would you most want to have and why?
I can’t imagine living anyone else’s life. What would I do with all that I learned? If I suddenly found myself in, say, Mahatma Ghandi’s life, helping the poor, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know what to do. Perhaps I could ask a fictional character to live my life? In that case, I’d like to see Kristen Stewart sit behind a desk for hours at a time, clean up after my dog throws up, and change the cat litter. Now that is something I’d pay to see!
Would you rather your writing remain obscure forever all the while knowing you had talent and stayed true to your creative vision OR would you prefer to write a book that achieves great commercial success but that you just aren’t proud of? Why did you choose the answer you chose?
I’ll never forget my second apartment. What does this have to do with the question? Bear with me. During my solo search for a new abode, I took one look at the dingy apartment building located next to a noisy freeway and declared to myself aloud, “I will never live here!” Lo and behold, two short weeks later, in what can only be described as a sitcom “Cut to”—cue wah, wah, wah, music now—I found myself living in that very apartment building, facing the freeway, no less! More disturbing than my penchant to speak aloud to myself, this experience cured me of ever declaring a definitive, negative comments about my future. So, my answer is a resounding “Yes! I will be a commercial success. Double-yes! I will believe in what I write, because how else could a story get written without the author’s complete belief in it? And how could I live with myself if I didn’t put my best and truest work forward?” Oh, woe to those who say otherwise. Beware the power of your words or is it my words…I never know which.
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About Moa: Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon.
About Statue of Ku: The second book in the Moa Book Series, “The Statue of Ku” follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.