Last year I interviewed LehuaParker, who at that time had written her debut MG novel, One Boy No Water, the first installment in the Niuhi Shark Saga. Now Lehua is back with the sequel in her upcoming One Shark No Swim.
There’s something bugging adopted Zader Westin, something more troubling than his water allergies where one drop on his skin burns like hot lava. It’s bigger than his new obsession with knives, designing the new murals for the pavilion with Mr. Halpert, or dealing with Char Siu’s Lauele Girlz scotch tape makeover. Zader can’t stop thinking about a dream, the dream that might not have been a dream where Lē‘ia called him brother then jumped into the ocean and turned into a shark.
Zader’s got a lot of questions, not the least being why he’s hungry all the time, restless at night, and why he feels a constant itch on the back of his neck. It’s making him feel like teri chicken on a pūpū platter, but Zader doesn’t want to think about chicken, not with his growing compulsion to slip it down his throat—raw.
With Jay busy at surf camp and Uncle Kahana pretending nothing’s happening, Zader’s left alone to figure things out, including why someone—something—is stalking him before it’s too late.
Summer in Lauele Town, Hawaii just got a little more interesting.
I’ve yet to write a sequel so I thought it would be interesting to tap the mind of an expert to see what secrets I could glean from her.
AMM: Welcome Lehua
LP: Alhoa, Ann Marie. Thanks for having me.
AMM: My pleasure. So, what was the hardest part of writing the sequel to One Boy No Water?
LP: For me it was finding the time to actually sit down and write it. One Boy, No Water was my debut novel and I didn’t have a clue how much time I would need to spend marketing it. It took me a couple of deep breaths and months to figure out how to use my time better. There’s a lot of truth in the idea that practice makes you faster and more effective. Just don’t ask me about book three in the series—I’m behind!
AMM: Did you have the entire trilogy planned out in your head by the time you finished the first book?
LP: Nope. The Niuhi Shark Saga was originally planned as a five book series that was just a single palm frond on a huge coconut tree called Lauele Town. While I do have some of the major beats in my head, I tend to write by the seat of my pants because my characters are always so much smarter than my outlines. Jolly Fish Press is publishing the first three as a trilogy, but I plan to write the last two so fans will know the whole story.
AMM: I can't wait! What are you working on now?
LP: Up next, I’m re-editing book 1, One Boy, No Water, for a second edition release in 2014 and writing book 3, One Fight, No Fist, for publication in 2014. I’m also in the middle of creating school and classroom presentations for author visits this fall and next spring, editing a couple of novels for amazing writers, and working with the editors of an anthology of stories by Hawaiian writers. With all this and the launch of book 2, One Shark, No Swim, I have many excuses to avoid housework.
AMM: And they are valid excuses, i can vouch for that. :) How has your life changed since One Boy, No Water was published?
LP: One of the biggest changes is that I no longer have time to read for pleasure. I used to read 3 – 5 books a week, about 200 a year, gobbling them down one after another like potato chips. In the year since One Boy, No Water published, I’ve read maybe twenty books and only three of them strictly for pleasure. Sometimes I have to remind myself that reading and writing are supposed to be fun.
AMM: 200 books a year! That's phenomenal and definitely more than I've ever read in one year. Speaking of fun, if you had a chance at another career, what would it be?
LP: I’m the poster child for career change. I think when I was eight or so I made a list of the things I wanted to be when I grew up. Television director, tv show host, school teacher, scuba instructor, business manager, newspaper columnist, playwright, photographer, sports coach, flautist in a symphony—all crossed off the list along with a few jobs that hadn’t been invented yet like web designer. I still think I have radio personality, ballerina, and astronaut left to go. Although if I could do it all over again, I’d add marine biologist or underwater archeologist to the list. I’d love to work outside in the ocean all day, especially if I could blow bubbles and it never, ever snowed.
Lehua Parker is originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and Brigham Young University. In addition to writing award-winning short fiction, poetry, and plays, she is the author of the Pacific literature MG/YA series the Niuhi Shark Saga published by Jolly Fish Press. One Boy, No Water and One Shark, No Swim are available now. Book 3, One Fight, No Fist will be published in 2014.
So far Lehua has been a live television director, a school teacher, a courseware manager, an instructional designer, a sports coach, a theater critic, a SCUBA instructor, a playwright, a web designer, a book editor, a mother, and a wife. She currently lives in Utah with her husband, two children, three cats, two dogs, six horses, and assorted chickens. During the snowy Utah winters she dreams about the beach.
Connect with Lehua Parker:
Blog & Free Short Stories: http://www.lehuaparker.com/
All things Niuhi Shark Saga: http://www.niuhisharksaga.com/
Reviews for One Boy, No Water on Goodreads
Reviews for One Shark, No Swim on Goodreads
One Boy, No Water can be purchased at bookstores and via:Barnes & Noble
One Shark, No Swim can be purchased at bookstores and via:Barnes & Noble