Pitch Wars 2018 #BoostMyBio for BLOOD PRINCESS

It’s that time of year again! Pitch Wars submissions are just around the corner, and it’s time to #BoostMyBio!

About Me

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Yes, I took a pic with sushi last year, too.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @Adelle_Yeung. (I also did #PWPoePrompts!)

I was a Pitch Wars 2017 mentee. My mentor was the amazing Laurie Dennison, who taught me sooo much last year, and I loved the whole process so much, I’m back for more punishment. I was the YA scavenger hunt winner last year, so if the scavenger hunt is back this year, you definitely wanna do it!

First and foremost, I am writer. It’s my number one passion and that’s never going to change. I write fantasy. I also voice act, play video games, do digital paintings, sew clothes sometimes and maybe do some smaller crafty things. I also love nature and hiking ❤

(Speaking of voice acting, I narrated a short excerpt from Chapter Four of Blood Princess! Listen to it here.)

(Speaking of video games, I made a short RPG spanning the first two chapters of Blood Princess! Check it out here.)

 

I’m a clerical substitute for my local school district, which is an on-call job which means I have plenty of time to write.

I work fast with pretty much everything I do, from walking to typing and especially reading. A lot of my PW ’17 mentees are amazed at how fast I can get through their manuscripts and provide feedback 😉 (It also helps that they’re amazing writers.)

Anyway, enough about me. The real purpose of this post is to show off my YA high fantasy, Blood Princess!

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In my MS

  • A plus-sized heroine
  • Two ace and one bi POVs
  • A diverse cast
  • Adventure!
  • Non-elemental magic
  • Blood-sucking, breath-stealing ghosts
  • Airships!
  • Interracial, low key romance
  • Some dark stuff that maybe I shouldn’t mention here…

Novel Aesthetics

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The Pitch

Pitch One

A cursed princess, a ghost herder, and an airship captain join forces to stop a sadistic empress from stealing the powers of a death god.

Pitch Two

When a plus-sized princess discovers she transforms into a bloodthirsty monster every night, she tracks down a fallen death god to exorcise herself and her haunted empire.

What It’s Really About

Adapting to a world that a previous generation screwed over. (Basically what it’s like being a millennial.)

Comp Titles

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Reign the Earth – A fantasy set in a desert without djinn. A princess with a big heart. Sadistic royalty who strive to eradicate something. A whole lot of dark things that should only be whispered instead of screamed.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – An evil empress and…stuff I don’t wanna give away 😉

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Children of Blood and Bone – A three-POV diverse high fantasy. A journey to bring something back from the dead. And a love interest’s royal asshole of a parent.

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Princess Mononoke – For a spirit-infested forest and morally ambiguous characters.

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire – A ragtag crew quests to discover a lost myth beneath the ocean!ff9_keyart_1920x1080_v1

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Final Fantasy IX – The first act of Blood Princess is similar to the first act of FFIX. On the celebration of the princess’s birthday, an airship crew kidnaps the princess to save her from her evil mother’s nefarious deeds.

POV Babies

Princess Khalida

The Cursed Princess

Khalida DancesPrincess Khalida wants to eradicate the plague of dead spirits from her empire. On her seventeenth birthday, she finds out her mother has been plumping her up as a sacrifice to a death god. She’s in love with her dancing instructor, Lake, who’s her only friend aside from her nurse, Haripet.

She loves to dance, wants to be friends with everyone, and finds beauty in everything.

Aesthetics Khalida

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The Ghost Herder (also known as “the royal wraither”)

Lake Contemplates his ExistenceLake is the royal wraither of the imperial city, Zoahen, which means he uses dance to herd the dead spirits infesting Khalida’s empire. He succeeded his uncle’s position three years ago, with hopes of exploring and finding his place in the world. The only one who makes him feel like he belongs is Khalida, who he adores…in a completely non-romantic way.

He’s vegan and likes animals more than people but will blindly jump off an airship to save someone’s life.

Aesthetics Lake

Viprey Baas

The Airship Captain (undercover as a palace masseuse)

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Viprey can’t stand injustice and overturns corrupt leaders to give power back to the common folk. She goes undercover in the Zoahen palace to uncover the empress’s evil schemes. When she finds out that the royal wraither, Lake Acaerius, is the only one who knows what the empress is after, she also discovers Khalida’s dark secret: the empress has cursed her own daughter into becoming a bloodthirsty monster.

Outside of her meek massuese persona, Viprey is a sassy, skilled rebel who has an airship of her own and freely spews Brit swears.

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The Villain

Empress Khandara

The Sadistic Empress

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Empress Regnant of the Jheffirani Empire. Khandara is ambitious, indulgent, and has no qualms about killing her subjects if it means ensuring a better future for their children. She’ll even sacrifice her daughter if it means the masses can benefit.

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Closing Word

Pitch Wars 2017 was an amazing experience for me. Around this time last year, I heard all these people saying how amazing the community is, and I’m another voice to add to the chorus, the community is AMAZING. After the agent round last year, many of us felt as if we’d been in literal battle trenches together. (I looove my Pitch Wars class 😭)

However, even if you aren’t chosen as a mentee this year, there a many other places where you can get the support you need, but keep in mind that you get more out of the community the more you put in.

For more visual types:

Also, I hope this goes without saying, but when the mentees are announced this year, please be a good sport about it ❤ Support other hopefuls and congratulate those who get in! A lot of people are watching the contest, and you want to leave a good impression 😊

Pitch Wars is super high energy and fast, so keep the positive energy flowing!

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Interview with Cassidy Taylor

Head over to Cassidy Taylor’s website and check out her interview with me today 😀

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Here’s a sneak peek!

What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?

I love inspiring people, whether it’s through my writing or other activities, such as my voice acting, so I absolutely love it and get super emotional whenever someone tells me that not only have I inspired them to voice act, but also to write their own books.  I love inspiring others to achieve their dreams.

What’s your Hogwarts house and why?

Hurhurhurrr.  Ravenclaw all the way.  This might be racist, and it very well might be because she’s Chinese, but when Cho Chang first made an appearance in The Prisoner of Azkaban, something just clicked.  Also, Luna is in Ravenclaw and she’s just delightful, and Hermione could have been in Ravenclaw.

Check out the rest of it here!

Interview with Rogue’s Angels

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Got a short interview with Rogue’s Angels today 😀  Head on over to the blog and read about which character I’d like to be if I were in The Cycle of the Six Moons!  (Spoiler alert: it’s none of the main characters.)

  1.  What elements are necessary components for this genre?

The Cycle of the Six Moons is YA fantasy.  I think that the most important element in writing fantasy, and even sci-fi, is world-building.  The author needs to know the laws of the world, whether it’s physical, magical, even legal.  Anything less, and the world doesn’t feel alive, and with fantasy, you need your readers to feel as if this world actually exists.

Read more here!

Indie Author Interview Series

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I’m going to start an indie author interview series, in which I’ll interview fellow authors about our approach to self-publication!  Check out the questions here, and if you’d like to share your own approach, sign up here!

The purpose of these interviews is to connect with other authors, inform upcoming authors, connect with readers, and have fun!

Normally, I’d do this in a chat-style with other authors, so it feels more personal and less like a cookie-cutter questionnaire, but I’d like to start this off by answering the questions myself.

So let’s get started!

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Interview with I Read Indie

Check out this interview and promo post with Mandy at I Read Indie 😀

*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

I think what took me the longest time to digest was when a friend told me that my writing was niche and wouldn’t work in the mainstream market.  I had been trying for years to snag an agent, and recently decided to self-publish my own work and send it on its way out into the world.

Read more here!

Interview on A New Look on Books

Rae at A New Look on Books interviewed me on her blog!  Check out the interview here!  Read about my inspirations about my characters and such 😀

Do you have a favorite character that you are attached to in your trilogy?

“Gediyon :3 He is my absolute favorite.  I love the other characters, too, but I love how he contributes to the overall story.  He’s also super cool.  And a cutie pie.  And he can bake me a pie.”

Interview on ComiConverse

My buddy Gabe, who writes for ComiConverse, interviewed me.  Check it out here!

Falling fast into a new world with magical abilities? Days numbered as you try to save a world from being destroyed? Overpowered party members you just don’t get along with? This isn’t Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda  or Final Fantasy. This is a whole new story called Cycle of the Six Moons, created by Adelle Yeung. In the first book, The Starriest Summer, our heroine Michelle is on a unforeseen journey to fufill her destiny as a Goddess. ComiConverse’s Gabe Golden got to sit down and talk with Adelle to get the scoop on her new self-published book and how it came to be.

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