June 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Ink by Amanda Sun – Interview and G!veaway

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Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

Blog Tour presented by Kismet Book Tours!

We are so excited to have author, Amanda Sun, stop by the bog for
a quick Q&A where she shares some of her Top Favs!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

add to goodreadsInk (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
Publication Date:  June 25, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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Top Favs with Amanda Sun

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.


First my birds! I have a budgie with an amazing vocabulary, and a singing canary, so they’d be the first out of the house. Then I’d probably grab my daughter’s favourite stuffed dragon and every book and photo album I could fit in my arms.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why


Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, and Rainer Maria Rilke. For Neil Gaiman and Patrick Ness, I love their work so much. They aren’t afraid to go into the dark places and confront what they might find there. Their books are edgy and unpredictable, and that’s why I love them so much. Rainer Maria Rilke is my favorite poet. His observations on life and love and the eloquent way he describes them resonates with me. Letters to a Young Poet especially speaks to those who want to be writers, and so he was there for me when I was starting out.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why


Ooh, this is an easy one! Japanese milk tea, Pritz (pretzel sticks), and cream horns (cream-filled pastries). Each of these brings back strong memories of living in Japan, which in turn helps me write all the descriptions of life in Shizuoka. In fact, I’m hesitant to write if I don’t have a glass of my milk tea!

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why


Growing up, one of my favourite books was Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander. I loved all of the Prydain Chronicles, but this one in particular spoke to me. It was about finding your place in life, and I loved how it treated me, the reader, with respect. It was a kids’ book but it didn’t talk down to me.

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness was also a huge inspiration. I’d never read a book that was willing to let anything happen, whose pages couldn’t be trusted to necessarily bring you out of the danger. I had to keep reading, not sure what might happen—anything could! There was such an energy to those books, and such depth to all the characters, and so this series is a huge inspiration to me.

My other favorite book growing up was Mort by Terry Pratchett. I love how Pratchett is hilarious, and yet makes you question life and ponder deep thoughts throughout the book. Mort was especially moving for me, since it dealt with issues like time and mortality.

Sorry, I’m going to cheat and add the Oz books. Ozma of Oz was the first novel I ever read, and I knew then I wanted to be a writer.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why


They have to be instrumentals or I get distracted. I love writing to the soundtracks from Japanese dramas and video games. They really help me set the mood. In particular, I like the Hana Yori Dango soundtrack, Maou, and Final Fantasy songs. Also, BigBang’s Monster sets the mood and I always listen to it right before I work on The Paper Gods.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why


The best is to step away. I think of my writing power as a well. When it’s full, I write and write. Eventually it drains, and then the well is empty. There’s nothing left. I have to step back and let the well fill up again. I can only see so far into my story’s future. At some point I need to wait until the story chooses to show me what will happen next.

My second strategy is to write through it. Sometimes I’m really just stuck because I’m tired. It’s the middle of the book and I want instead to follow that shiny new idea. The only way out is to keep going, one sentence after another, until I’m out of that tough patch. I can always come back and revise!

My third technique is to try something new. Take the story a different way. My characters often rebel and have their own ideas, and so I’ll follow them. Usually if it’s the wrong direction, I’ll feel that pretty early on and delete the idea, but at least it gets the thought of it out of my head, and then I can try something else.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why


Arashi for life! I love the Japanese band Arashi. Their lyrics are very uplifting and encouraging, and they’ve been there for some tough times in my life. They never fail to cheer me up!

Secondly, Enya. I’ve been a fan since I was very little. Her music is so ethereal and it makes me feel as if I’m in another world.

Third is a tie between BigBang and B2ST. You can never have too much KPop!

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why


The Neverending Story because luck dragon.

My other favorite movie is an obscure kids’ movie called Mio in the Land of Faraway (based on the book by Astrid Lindgren). I could never get enough of the beautiful rich fantasy world it created.

And my other fav movie is Kimi Ni Shika Kikoenai (Only You Can Hear Me). It always makes me cry. Like, ugly cry.

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why


Beauty and the Beast, because what’s not to love about beast-princes locked in enchanted castles?

I also loved Sleeping Beauty growing up. There’s so much charm in those old fairy tales.

And lastly–this isn’t really a movie, but we’ve established I’m a cheater—Disney’s Gargoyles TV series. That show is awesomesauce. Not only is it drenched in mythology and Shakespearean lore, but monsters living in the city? It was where I fell in love with the Urban Fantasy and Paranormal genres.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why


The ending of Moulin Rouge. I don’t want to spoil it, but I love the kind of dramatic irony that kicks you in the teeth. Angst and suffering!

And I love the moment at the end of The Truman Show, when the boat reaches…well, again, don’t want to spoil it.

My favorite movie moment of all time is at the end of The Wizard of OZ, when the Tinman says “Now I know I have a heart, because it’s breaking.” Oh man, I ugly cry every time.

Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why


I watch way more Japanese dramas and movies than I do western ones, and I have to admit, I really don’t know western celebrities very well! But I do really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He seems like a really nice guy and I’ve always found his acting really authentic.

I also love Jennifer Lawrence, again because she has a really down-to-earth attitude and seems genuinely nice.

My favorite Japanese actors is Matsumoto Jun. Besides being a talented singer (and being freaking gorgeous), a lot of his performances have moved me to tears, particularly in the drama Smile.

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why


Yeah, I’m one of those people who can’t live without her phone. I just got a smartphone last year and it saves me all the time. I can look up bus routes, tweet, and read books even if I forgot to bring one. It also makes a sweet English-Japanese dictionary and translator when I need a word I don’t know.

I also have a cute little pink mp3 that’s great. How else could I scare my neighbours singing Japanese pop songs at the top of my lungs?

And lastly, I love the GPS, because I enjoy not getting lost all the time. :)

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why


Well, Japan, even though I’ve been many times. There are so many parts of Japan I still want to visit—Okinawa, Fukuoka, Hokkaido. I hope I’ll have the chance to visit all of these in the future.

I would also love to go to Egypt. I’m an archaeologist by training, so I’d like to go see all the ruins that I studied in school.

And along those lines, I want to go to Pompeii and wander through the streets of the city that the volcano left trapped in time. I think we have a tendency to look back with a feeling that we’ve progressed and changed from the old times, and while we have, I think we have far more in common with the people of the past than we realize. It’s seeing what we have in common—family, friends, struggles, achievements, dreams—that unites us as human.


About the Author:



I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.

In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.

The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.


Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

Monday, May 27th – Supernatural Snark

Wednesday, May 29th – Page Turners

Friday, May 31st – Reading Angel

Monday, June 3rd – Alice Marvels

Wednesday, June 5th – Chapter by Chapter

Friday, June 7th – YA’s the Word by Katja

Monday, June 10th – Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, June 12th – Oh Chrys!

Friday, June 14th – Melissa Watercolors


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  1. Christina K.

    Totally love Disney’s Gargoyles!!!! Awesome post:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Brooke

    I just met Amanda at BEA. She was awesome! I love the concept of her book and can’t wait to read it!

  3. may

    I love Pretz too. I can certainly understand why you would want to eat it! :)

  4. I’ve been dying to read Ink by Amanda Sun, the premise sounds unique and set in Japan…oh my, what more can you ask for?

    So envious that y’all were able to be tour host for this awesome tour!!!

  5. This is an awesome giveaway!! I cannot wait to read this book & get lost!! Thank you!!

  6. Valeria Andrea

    Japan is absolutely one of my MUST go stops around the world. Plus the mythology of the book… oh, well.
    Who will come with me, uh?

  7. sarah c.

    we have something similar to cream hornes here. here they are called Cannoli.. they are pastrys that either have ricotta cheese and other stuff.. I just had one the other day but the place i got it put orange candy in it and it didnt taste all that good with the candy… The snacks though ill have to pass the word down to my niece–she is in love with anything Japan!! thanks for the giveaway and i cant wait to read this book!!!

  8. Kris

    I love The Neverending Story <3

  9. Maura

    I love gargoyles and Hana Yori Dango :D Man i cannot wait to read Ink. I might moving to Japan this september and this is getting me hype up haha.

  10. Jamie .M

    Are the Pritz really good? And the actor you mention I’m going check out his movie Smile now.

  11. Brynna

    I love this top 3 idea! I’m definitely adding the books (except Chaos Walking, because I already love those) to my TBR list and maybe I’ll check out some of Matsumoto Jun’s moves!

  12. Holly Letson

    This was a delightful post to read. I’d also like to visit Japan, and think J-dramas are better than US shows, though I really am behind on them. Also love me some J-Pop/Rock as well, but I’ve been listening to K-Pop more lately. Still always love VG/anime OSTs, and as she said, the FF OSTs are always beautiful.

  13. Mary G Loki

    AH! Ive been wanting to read since I got an Ink bookmark! :D Ty so much for the giveaway!

  14. bn100

    tasty-looking snacks

  15. Veronica De Luna

    Always great to hear more about the authors we love to read. Looking forward to reading this book.

  16. Tammy Sparks

    What a great guest post! I love that Amanda has so many faves that are Japanese related. Can’t wait to read the book:)

  17. Amber Hsu

    Can’t wait to read this book! love anything japanese related…

  18. Kai W.

    I love the Gargoyles. In fact, I bought a copy of the whole series. In fact, Beauty and the Beast is my all time Disney’s favorite. I’m also think Disney’s made a great decision to buy up the Japanese animation movies. They are quite difficult to find but now they are available to the public.

  19. Charlotte Choi

    I wonder if she’s seen 3rd Rock from the Sun? Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a role, as a teenager. It’s pretty awesome!

  20. Viki S.

    This looks great – thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  21. Elvina Barclay

    You’ve given me some ideas for some summer reads. And got me to thinking about my favorite things. Thanks.

  22. Lyka Cali

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about INK. Looks really worth reading.

  23. vanessa

    i wnat to read this so bad.

  24. Barbara


  25. Meghan Stith

    This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
    Did the author have any say on the design of the book cover? Also, who in the author’s life encouraged them to sit down and write their first book?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  26. I am all for GPS for the simple fact I couldn’t tell you N/E/S/W if my life depended on it and if that’s how I was given instructions I would be lost… GPS though not always right is far better than I.
    Amanda also gets serious AWESOME points for listing The Never Ending Story <3

    Great post!!!

  27. Kelly

    I love the end of the Truman Show too! That was awesome!!

  28. Vannah Batista

    OMG! This is a GREAT Giveaway! I’m DYING to read this book! Almost Here, YAY! Thanks for the giveaway! ;-)

  29. Jaime Lester

    This was one of my favorite Author Posts on a tour that I have ever read! I loved every question, and every one of Amanda’s answers! Very much looking forward to reading Ink. Thanks for participating in the Tour!

  30. Swesome Q&A format! Yes favourite authors, Enya, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Truman, Disney..heck, it’s a great list and I’ll have to check out the Japanese bands and movies :)

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    […] loved  the posts by two fellow bloggers on the Ink Tour. Chapter by Chapter had a cool Q&A format with Amanda Sun, and Alice Marvels included a fab video […]

  32. I am super excited to read INK! It sounds amazing and I love love LOVE the cover!!!!

  33. […] June 3rd – Alice Marvels – Tour of Shizuoka Wednesday, June 5th – Chapter by Chapter – Top Favs Friday, June 7th –  YA’s the Word by Katja – Character Interview: […]

  34. Cali W.

    Great interview! This book sounds really good. <3

  35. Alina

    Ink sounds like an awesome book. I’ll be looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance! And love the post!

  36. Jamie M

    Looking for to read the 2nd installment.

  37. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Ooohh this books sounds really good! I LOVE the cover!! It caught my eye for sure. Another awesome book to add to my long TBR list!! Thank you so much for being a part of this Book Tour!!!

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