What is the primary reason you put a book down, e.g. don’t finish it?
Cyn: Definitely when the plot doesn’t intrigue me any more, why finish a book if I don’t care how it ends. In particular, this occurs a lot for me when I can’t make any connections with any of the characters. If I don’t care about them, why should I care what happens to them.
How important is it for you to find characters that resemble you in fiction, e.g. pertaining to race, cultural affinity, gender, sexual orientation?
Cyn: I definitely appreciate a nice range of characters, but I’ve never felt like it was important for the character to resemble me. But I guess if I really think about it, I think subconsciously, I do make better connections with characters that I can associate with, which generally means some sort of resemblance haha.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. She began writing poetry and stories in third grade, and novels in junior high school. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), and The Dragon Heir (2008), all from Hyperion, with The Enchanter Heir coming Oct. 22, 2013.
Chima’s best-selling YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (2010), The Gray Wolf Throne (2011), and The Crimson Crown (2012).
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