Hi guys! Today we’re featuring Elsie Chapman, the fabulous author of Dualed, which is releasing exactly a month from now!!! (February 26, 2013) *throws confetti*
While on break, I visited Tokyo for the holidays, and to my surprise, Elsie was there as well! The idea of making this interview Japan-themed sprouted from there so I hope you all enjoy. Don’t forget to add Dualed to your TBR piles if you haven’t yet. :)
For more info about Elsie/Dualed, scroll to the bottom of this post where I will be providing bios, summaries and such, as well as handy links to her author website/blog.
Hi Elsie! Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview.
Hi Tiffany! Thank YOU so much for having me. And how funny is it that we’re both in Tokyo right now for this interview (even if we’re having to do it over the internet!).
We have a few questions for your book first, then we’ll move on to you as a person :)
Hah! Sounds good.
1. Describe Dualed in 2 sentences or less.
“In a world where space and resources are limited, only one of two Alternates is permitted to survive. For assassin West Grayer, it means finally facing the toughest assignment she’ll ever have—even as she’s made vulnerable by a love that she never expected.”
2. How was the publishing process like for Dualed? How long did it take to write it starting from when you decided to start until when you got accepted?
The first draft of DUALED took me about five weeks, and then another week or so of edits on my own before I signed with my agent. I did some edits with Steven before we submitted to publishers, and I think it took about three months or so before Random House acquired the manuscript.
3. Since your book releases next month, do you have any events lined up already?
Tiffany, I’m going to admit to you that as of right now, I don’t have any launch party plans in place. EEPS. I know! Well, to be honest, I’m more than happy simply being by myself, or with very close family and friends, for long periods of time. I can go for days and days and be perfectly happy never leaving the house! So this year is going to be a bit of a challenge for me, having to step out of my comfort zone and learning to be more social. So, book launch party…I need to get on that!
Since both Elsie and I are in Japan, we thought it would be really cool to do an interview while we are both here and make it sort of Japan-themed.
1. How is Japan for you? Do you visit regularly and what are some of the things you absolutely HAVE to do when you come?
Japan is my favourite place in the world, hands down. We do try to go regularly, and each time it feels more and more like home. Things we HAVE to do when we’re here: going for kaiten belt sushi, eating Japanese crepes, buying green tea and royal milk tea from the vending machines, going to Akihabara and spending hours in the giant Yodobashi there, buying meal tickets from machines at noodle restaurants, visiting all the bookstores for manga and art books, going to Tsutaya and Tower Records in Shibuya, eating onigiri.
2. Favorite sights there? (Describe and add pictures if possible) ;)
The multi-directional Shibuya crossing—from the Shibuya train station to the Tsutaya and Shibuya 109 buildings across the street—is always an amazing thing to see, and to be a part of! And if you get a seat in the second floor Starbucks in Tsutaya, you can just sit and watch the crowd down below. It’s this gigantic moving wave of people going in all directions, and it’s fascinating.
Akihabara at night is absolutely beautiful, as is the neighbourhood we usually stay at, the Yanaka district near Ueno.
3. Favorite Japanese food? Or one staple you will eat anytime, or in any form. (Mine is tamago, definitely)
I love tamago, Tiffany! It’s one of our staples at sushi, too. Picking just one favourite Japanese food is truly impossible, but I’ll say mochi, and anything azuki or matcha related.
-Who would your alt be, and why?
My Alt would be anyone with much better reflexes than me, simply because she couldn’t be any worse, heh.
-Green tea or coffee?
-Desserts (mochi!!) or mains?
Mochi (though I do love so many mains, too!)
-Ebooks or hard copies?
Anything that makes me feel something for the story and characters, really!
-One book you would immediately recommend?
I always say WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams, or pretty much any of Stephen King’s older works. They are my go-to recs. But since this is Japan-themed, I would also recommend Nobuhiro Watsuki’s KENSHIN, Yumi Tamura’s BASARA, and Fuyumi Soryo’s MARS for manga.
Thank you so much for your time, Elsie!
Tiffany, thank you so much! I’m so glad we could do this, and it’s awesome how we managed to connect while we’re both in Tokyo!
You or your Alt? Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.
Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.
Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
I grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. I currently live in Vancouver with my husband and two kids, where I write to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time).I’m repped by The Chudney Agency, and my debut novel, DUALED, will be published by Random House in February, 2013. A sequel, DIVIDED, will be published February, 2014.Find me on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.I’m also a contributing member of Friday the Thirteeners and The Lucky 13s group author blogs.