Interview with Mae Adams, Author of Coin for a Dream
14 Jan 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Coin for a Dream?
It is a storybook of this world, the afterworld, traditional tales, and mythology my elders told me while I grew up in Korea. You will meet monks with flapping minds, tofu peddlers, evil spirits, wrestling goblins, deadly dancing shamans, singing lepers of Sorok Island, and many others.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
When I was nine years old, I read the “War and Peace” by Tolstoy in Japanese translation.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes, the story writes by itself.
What is a typical day like for you?
I don’t have typical days.
What scene in Coin for a Dream was your favorite to write?
I threw my valuable coin in the river so that my dream would come true.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Live each day to its fullest.
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