Interview with Ellen Oh – Author of PROPHECY Plus a Giveaway

Hi everyone! Asma, here! Remember how I reviewed Ellen Oh’s awesome debut – PROPHECY? I loved it. You can read my full review here. Today, I’ve got an interview with the author!

Asma: What is your favorite part in Prophecy?

Ellen Oh: I have many favorite parts, but my absolute favorite is the water dragon! I think I won’t go into too much detail so we can surprise our readers! ;o)

Asma: Who is your favorite character in Prophecy?

Ellen Oh: Kira has to be my favorite. I love that girl. But I also admit to having a very soft spot for Jindo. I feel like if I can ever make a commitment to have a dog, I’d want a Jindo.

Asma: Have you ever wanted to learn how to fight with a sword?

Ellen Oh: Nope! My husband won’t let me. He says I’m more likely to hurt myself rather than anyone else! But whenever there is a strange sound in the middle of the night, I grab my trustee Yankees baseball bat and head down like I’m Conan the barbarian. Yes, notice I said I go down. My husband is usually still snoring.

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)Asma: What is your favorite fantasy book? And have you ever wished you were part of it?

Ellen Oh: This is like a nearly impossible question to answer. Well if I have to pick one, I’ll say the Lord of the Rings, because even though they break that up into 4 books (w/ the hobbit) technically the other 3 are 1 book and the Hobbit is a prequel so I can get away with calling it my favorite book! Have I ever wished I was part of it? Only to the extent that I could have been in the movies, ogling Viggo Mortenson and Orlando Bloom.
Asma: What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Ellen Oh: Natto. (shudder) It is this awful fermented soybeans over rice Japanese dish that is an acquired taste for most people. My parents and my sister used to love the stuff and eat it all the time. The smell alone used to send me screaming out of the room. But they would force me to at least taste it and that was just so gross. It is slimy and tastes just like it smells. Apparently it is really really good for you. That’s probably why I don’t like it!

Asma: What is the coolest place you’ve ever been to?

Ellen Oh: Spain – La Manga in the southern coast of Spain. Possibly the most amazing and beautiful place in the world (plus the best food). It’s a strip of land which separates the Mediterranean Sea from Mar Menor which is a huge lagoon. You could go to the Mediterranean side and sit at an ocean side beach filled with white sand. Then you could cross the highway and spend the rest of the day in the most amazing blue water lagoon. It was truly a sensational place to be.

Asma: Have you ever wished for a book to be turned into a movie?

Ellen Oh: Yes, my book!!! :o) Ok it is probably not cool to say that but I’m just being honest here! When I wrote Prophecy, it came to me like a movie that played solely in my head. I would just love to actually see it become a movie for everyone else to see also!

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Thanks to Ellen Oh, I have swag for one lucky winner! Just leave a comment about why YOU want to read PROPHECY by next Thursday (1/24), and I’ll choose a winner on Friday. Good luck!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Von P.

    January 18, 2013

    I don't want it. I NEED IT! Do I STILL have to tell you why I NEED it? I'm just staring at the cover and I'm already hooked and mystified!

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    Stephanie Diaz

    January 18, 2013

    This book sounds so ridiculously awesome. I'd love to win it. :)

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    Nicole Mainardi

    January 18, 2013

    This book sounds amazing!!! I actually got it for review, but then it expired before I could make the time for it :( So thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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    January 18, 2013

    I want to read it because I adore fantasy. This sounds sooo good. And the interview was so awesome and interesting! :)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    January 18, 2013

    Laying on the pressure there. I love reading about strong heroines. For Kira to have power even more than that of a prince is amazing. Men need her. Not the other way around. I also love that she's kicking everyone's… butt while she's on her journey. Thanks for the giveaway and interview!

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    January 18, 2013

    I love the plot and idea this author put into the book to make a great story! I can't wait to get this book!!! ~Su

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    Emma Manolis

    January 18, 2013

    That was a great interview! I don't know all that much about Prophecy to be completely honest, but after that interview I definitely want to read it! You can tell just how much Ellen loves her story and that alone really excites me and makes me want to love it too!

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    January 18, 2013

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    January 18, 2013

    Thanks for the fun post! Congrats to Ellen on the new release! I'm dying to read this book :)

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    January 18, 2013

    I love fantasy books about strong female characters and water dragons sound awesome!

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    January 18, 2013

    I would love to read Prophecy because I heard so many good things about this book!

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    January 19, 2013

    It sounds amazing and theres dragons! What more can I say! :)

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    January 19, 2013

    I want to read Prophecy because it sound amazing and I have heard great things about it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    January 19, 2013

    I want to read Prophecy because I've read oodles of great reviews for it, and I'm always up for an awesome female-centric fantasy (and the asian elements just sweeten the deal).


    (P.S.- I agree, natto is DISGUSTING.)

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    ᘛ ᗰᗩᎶᎥᘓ ᘚ

    January 19, 2013

    That COVER. It's just mystifying. and of course “One Girl Will Save Us All” it's practically begging to be read.

    Natto Does sound gross… like brussel sprouts…

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    January 20, 2013

    I've been waiting for this book since I heard about it! Fantasy? Bring it on! I love reading it!!


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    January 20, 2013

    I want to read it because it sounds exactly like my kind of book :)


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    Julia :)

    January 21, 2013

    I love this interview! Especially her answer about LOTR and wanting to be in it so she could be with Viggo Mortenson and Orlando Bloom. Bahahahaha. :)

    I want to read Prophecy because it sounds AMAZING and I love support Asian authors and their books! :D


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    January 21, 2013

    I need to read a good action packed book! I havent read one in a while :( The Prophecy sounds action packed! XD

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    Holly Letson

    January 23, 2013

    I have heard such amazing things about this book, and I truly believe it would be as good as everyone is saying. I want to find out.

    bookaholicholly at gmail dot com