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- The idea for Stella’s Hero came from…We really wanted to write something for the anthology, but neither of us had time to focus on it. We were crit partners already, so we thought if we brainstormed a story together it might be faster than working on something alone. And was it ever! We both loved the Victorian Boston era—and our story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a Chinese immigrant just literally flowed out of us. We wrote the draft (about 7K words) in three days, after brainstorming together and outlining a rough plot. Then we just went back and forth polishing key scenes. We were so excited when the editors at Pugalicious Press accepted it!
(Lena: Three days??? That's amazing! :))
- My favorite scene in the story is “the dark moment.” LOL It’s when Stella thinks Jie doesn’t love her and considers walking into Boston Harbor and letting her petticoats and skirts drag her to the bottom. It’s so tragic and romantic—and then he comes for her and all is right in the world. Except you know things are about to get really hard for them as they run away together. Sigh. I think most of that scene is Ansha’s, and it’s wonderful.
Lena: Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Kris! One more thing...what's your favorite flavor of cupcake?
Kris: My favorite cupcake would definitely be chocolate on chocolate, filled with chocolate. J
Lena: Oh, wow, that sounds delicious.... Shall we post a drool-worthy picture? Uh, yeah, of course. ;) This one's for you, Kris!
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