The Questioning, Author Edition: JC Kang

The Questioning: JC Kang

The Questioning is where everything gets upside down. Every month I invite one author and one blogger, who showed me great support during my blogging life. Then I push them waaaaay out of their comfort zones. Authors has become interrogators and Bloggers get interrogated. Rest assured, no one gets hurt (much) and everyone has fun (eventually).

Meet the Author

JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

The Questioning

What are your Top 5 Fantasy reads ever?

Starting with the hard questions, huh? So. Many. Great. Books. Okay, in no particular order:

Lamb by Christopher Moore

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Where the Waters Turn Black by Benedict Patrick

Nightlife by Rob Thurman (I freaking love the whole Cal Leandros series)

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

+1 The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (I know, I know)


Given your blog name, I assume you must like music. Match a song to each of those.

Like is not really a good enough word to describe my relationship with music, but for now let’s say I do. Hah, luckily for me I always pair my reviews with a song, so I already have most of the above covered. Less work for me, yay!

Lamb by Christopher Moore: Jesus Christ by Brand New. Probably not the most perfect match, but I love this song and the book is about Jesus, so…

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes: The Story by Fivefold. One of my top 5 favourite songs, which partly inspired my tattoo. It’s a song about not being afraid, about moving on, about even though there were hard days, there is always something waiting after the next turn. And also about being so much more in us than the world sees – you might not expect much from a tiny yellow stuffed triceratops, but you’d be surprised how awesome he really is.

Where the Waters Turn Black by Benedict Patrick: For Benedict’s books I either picked a Shinedown song or a Poets of the Fall song. I admit, it’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so picking a song now it’s not exactly easy. I think for this I’ll go with Shinedown. Specifically the song Misfits. Not a 100% perfect match, but I think it fits really well with Kaimana and Rakau, who are the misfits of the Atoll. Their connection is unique and they go through quite an adventure together. Making their own path despite everyone else.

Nightlife by Rob Thurman: I feel like I definitely should pick a Seether song for this book. And from their early albums too. What I love about this book (and series) is that it’s edgy, it has dark humor, and a really strong relationship between the Leandros brothers and the few friends they eventually let in their lives. So I think I’m going to pick Rise Above This, a song Shaun wrote for the memory of his younger brother.

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean: Brotherhood of Man by Motörhead. This pick couldn’t have been more surprising to me. I’m absolutely not familiar with their music, but for some reason I was thinking about Lemmy while reading the book and it seemed like a sign.


Wine or Beer?

Neither? I generally don’t drink alcohol, so…


Match wine/beer with those top 5 reads.

You are putting me in an impossible position here… But I’ll give this a try.

Lamb by Christopher Moore: Wine. Definitely. Both Biff and Joshua would prefer it I believe.

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes: Beer. But only if it root beer, Tippy’s favourite.

Where the Waters Turn Black by Benedict Patrick: Now that’s hard. I’d think Kaimana would prefer beer.

Nightlife by Rob Thurman: Definitely beer. For Cal anyway. Goodfellow would go for the best whisky.

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean: I’d say beer. Tomas doesn’t seem like the fancy wine type.


Which one of these books would you most want to see made into a TV show/movie?

All of the above? I could imagine all of them adapted into either a movie or a series. Nightlife probably really would fit into the trend these days. Also Priest of Bones. That really would be a kickass show.


Which actors would you like to see play the key roles?

Oh man… this is hard. I’m really not all that familiar with actors… Okay, my cast for Nightlife:

Cal (the younger Leandros brother, the MC, he is 19 in Nightlife, half human-half monster): Milo Ventimiglia (though he is probably too old for this role…)

Nico (the older Leandros brother, human ninja, Cal calls him Cyrano): Benoit Marechal

Goodfellow (Pan, Puck, whatever you want to call him, trickster and later best friend to the Leandros brothers. Lover of orgies.): hmmm… how about Corbin Bleu?

Promise (a vampire, she’ll become Nico’s love interest): Margot Robbie

Georgiana (16 years old seer, she plays an important part in the brothers’ life): Emma Watson (though she might be too old as well)


Speaking of the big and little screens, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Umm… Neither? *throws her SFF card at JC and ducks* I think I saw a couple of Star Wars movies, but in the whole, I’m not really interested in either franchise, sorry.


If you could spend New Years Eve with any fantasy character, who would it be? What would you do? (if X-rated, include details. Just kidding)

Lol. I think I’ll keep those details to myself, thank you very much:P

So. Many. Options. I think I’d go with Tippy from The Imaginary Corpse. I’m sure he has a lot of interesting stories to tell and we could invite his friends and the other Ideas and have a fun night. Maybe playing board games. And listening to music, obviously.

On the other hand, I also would like to know how New Years Eve is in the Wizarding World. I’d like to join to Bill Weasley. He was always my favourite character for his rockstar looks, I’m pretty sure we’d have some adventure. Maybe visiting a wizarding music club for a concert? Yeah, I’d love that.


If you could live in any fantasy world, which one would it be, and what would be your profession there?

I definitely would like to live in a modern world, I wouldn’t last long in a medieval world without plumbing, central heating, electricity and rock music. I probably wouldn’t mind living in Daniel Faust’s version of Las Vegas. Or in Tippy’s world of countless ideas – I’d never run out of places to visit for sure. But whichever world I’d end up in, I think I’d own a club – leaving the actual work for someone else, I would just pop in to make sure everything runs smoothly and entertain the VIP guests.


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