I read a great author interview at Headdesk for Writers. Creative A (AKA Mandy) interviews Cindy Pon about her just published first novel, Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, a Young Adult fantasy set in ancient China. Cindy talks about her book and gives insight into her writing process: http://headdeskforwriters.blogspot.com/2009/04/10-questions-with-cindy-pon.html
Booklist Online, a prestigious book review source published by the American Library Association, named Silver Phoenix one of the Top Ten 2009 Fantasy and SF Novels for Youth: http://booklistonline.com/default.aspx?page=show_product&pid=3516193
This is an impressive debut!
Speculative writers will enjoy this statement at the top of the Booklist article: "Debut novels make a strong showing on this year’s roundup of the top 10 science fiction and fantasy titles for youth, all published in the past 12 months. Also included are the Newbery Medal winner and two Printz Honor Books, reinforcing speculative fiction’s continued status as one of the strongest genres in youth literature today." ~ Booklist Online (May 15, 2009)
Cindy is also an artist. She is working on a children's picture book, and a sequel to Silver Phoenix is scheduled for release by Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins).
You can learn more about Cindy Pon at her web site: http://cindypon.com/
Here's Cindy's About Page: http://cindypon.com/about/ where I've discovered we share some favorite authors and books!
Here's a link to illustrations from what will be a beautiful picture book. I love the bunny, the chick and the toad, and the quality of light: http://cindypon.com/picture-book/