TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome F.C. Yee

F.C. Yee on The Iron Will of Genie Lo

In this post, we feature F.C. Yee, whose popular titles include the YA novel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. You can hear him speak about the inspiration for his new follow-up novel, The Iron Will of Genie Lo, and try his fun “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!


author F.C. Yee and the cover of his YA novel The Iron Will of Genie Lo.

The Iron Will of Genie Lo

  • Written by F.C. Yee
  • Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Kids
  • Release date: January 14, 2020

In The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, indomitable Genie tried to meet all her academic demands while protecting the Bay Area from demons. In this follow-up adventure, Genie is the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. During a visit to a prestigious college, she learns about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension. Spanning multiple planes of reality, this exciting quest brings sharp-edged humor into a story about strength, sacrifice, and celestial politics.

From Chapter One:

“I—I don’t think you’re listening,” I said. “I’m trying to tell you that I’m the reincarnation of a legendary weapon once owned by Sun Wokong, The Monkey King.”

Read a longer excerpt from The Iron Will of Genie Lo.

Explore The Iron Will of Genie Lo

Listen to F.C. Yee talking with TeachingBooks about creating The Iron Will of Genie Lo. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.


Invitation to Imagine

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by F.C. Yee.

Imagination Activity with F.C. Yee

Write a short scene in which your narrator makes it clear to the reader how they feel about an object, event, surrounding location, or another person without your narrator saying it outright on the page. For example, if your main character is walking through a neighborhood that provokes a strong sadness in them, see if you can convey that feeling without using words like “sad” or “gloomy” or having them burst into tears.


Finish This Sentence . . . with F.C. Yee

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy F.C. Yee’s response.

“Where I work is . . .”

Where I work is any place where I can be comfortable and undisturbed in the early morning. When I work is much more important than where.

“I knew I would be a writer when . . .”

I knew I would be a writer when I realized that I could start and finish a book and submit it to industry professionals, and no one was going to stop me. Also, instead of quitting when I received my first rejections, I revised my work until I thought it was better.


More Connections to The Iron Will of Genie Lo and F.C. Yee

Text and images are courtesy of F.C. Yee and Abrams and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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