Today I am interviewing AshleyRose Sullivan, author of the new novel, Lona Chang.
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DJ: Hi AshleyRose! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
AshleyRose: I grew up in Appalachia, moving back and forth between North Carolina and Kentucky and though I live in Los Angeles now, I’ll always consider those mountains my home. I’ve had a wide variety of jobs including taxidermist’s assistant, dairy maid, and Shakespeare institute director. I love stories. I love to read stories (fiction and non-fiction) and I love to make stories (fiction and non-fiction.)
DJ: What is Lona Chang about?
AshleyRose: Lona Chang finds the title character in a storm of mysteries. When one of her closest friends dies in her arms, she feels she must uncover the truth behind their death. At the same time, Lona is also trying to get at the heart of her own family’s mysteries, her father’s secret past, and her own un-honed abilities. Of course, as the sequel to Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale, it’s also a love story.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Lona Chang?
AshleyRose: I’ve always loved mysteries. As a kid I read Sherlock Holmes voraciously then moved on to Agatha Christie and then Robert Parker. My favorite comic is Stumptown by Greg Rucka and my favorite TV shows are usually mystery based so I think all of that stuff went into Lona Chang. But of course I also grew up on superheroes. Growing up poor, in Appalachia, I didn’t have access to a comic book store but I loved the superheroes on TV. From Batman: The Animated Series to Gargoyles to Sailor Moon (you can tell I’m a 90’s kid, right?) there was just something about people with uncanny power making the choice to help others that struck a chord with me–that same chord that superheroes have been striking since the 30’s, I suppose. Continue reading