Ten Random Facts with J.A. Beard

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J.A. Beard is the author of The Emerald City
About the Book: When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy.

As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school’s most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail’s life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana’s boyfriend–the seemingly heartless Nick.

Gail soon has bigger problems than Diana. One of her teachers hates her. Glasses shatter and fountains erupt around her. She can’t swear no matter how hard she tries. An unseen force is keeping her on campus. And worst of all, she uncovers a plot that will give one person a precious gift at the cost of thousands of lives. Now Gail and her friends must stop the plot–not just to save lives, but to win a brain, the nerve, a heart and a home in this modern urban fantasy take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Now, your dose of completely random trivia from the author!
1) I’m a veteran of the USAF. I was a Korean cryptolinguist, which, I can assure you, is much more boring than it sounds.

2) During my time in the USAF, I lived in South Korean for two years and have stepped a couple of meters into North Korea at Panmunjeom on the DMZ.

3) We had two ferrets for pets when I was growing up.

4) I currently am working on my PhD in microbiology. My research focuses on analyzing how vitamin D-mediated innate anti-viral mechanisms may help cells fight off infection by influenza viruses.

5) When I was younger I was quite the trekker/trekkie. At one point I’d memorized the name, order, and guest star list for every  episode list of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I could quote every episode, but then again, no one ever tested me.

6) I rarely cook, but I do bake. Even then, I like to specialize and have a particular affinity for baking pies.

7) Eighty percent of the music tracks on my iPod are MP3s I created during a mass digitization of my CD collection in 2000.

8) Fantasy and historical fiction are my two favorite genres.

9) I’ve been married for seven years. I actually met my wife online when I was stationed in Korea on an anime forum.

10) My favorite color is yellow.

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