Yesterday on ChiYA, I blogged about Stephanie Garber's February 11th Caraval event at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL. I wanted to add another anecdote to this reblog: at the event, Stephanie revealed that Caraval started with just a character named Legend and a setting. From there, she found the voice of the protagonist, Scarlett, then decided the story would … Continue reading Chicago Reads: CARAVAL
Happy Year of the Rooster! In lieu of the lunar holiday and working on the final edits of American Panda, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how grateful I am for this book. It brought me closer to my mother and led to my hearing previously unshared stories about her, her upbringing, … Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year!
As the year is wrapping up, I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of my favorite moments and favorite reads. Favorite Moments: Signing with my literary agent and landing my book deal for American Panda! Meeting so many new virtual friends! Thank you to my followers—I'm so happy we connected! Meeting ChiYA and … Continue reading Favorites of 2016
Writing is so much better when you have your community! I'm lucky to have met all these lovely writers, and we've banded together to start Chi YA, "where Chicago’s YA writers come together to discuss all things young at heart, adult in wisdom, and rich in literary style. We’re writers who take our craft seriously and … Continue reading Introducing ChiYA!
I was extremely fortunate to have met and hung out with (!!!) David Arnold and Adam Silvera last night. David was in town on tour for his latest release, Kids of Appetite, which sounds AMAZING. I can't wait to dive into my copy (signed, with the best inscription ever): I wrote this review for Mosquitoland … Continue reading Hanging Out with David Arnold & Adam Silvera + Mosquitoland Review
I fell in love with this when I saw it at the National Gallery in London 2 years ago. The quote from Vincent Van Gogh reads: I dream of painting ... and then I paint my dream. I started writing because of a dream I had, which turned into my first novel. Now, a second book, … Continue reading I dream of writing…
I'm beyond delighted, beyond thrilled, beyond ecstatic to share that my YA contemporary novel about a Taiwanese-American teen has sold to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster! I am so impressed with Jen and the Simon Pulse team already, and I can't wait to work with them. I cried when I read Jen's letter that … Continue reading My Novel Has Found Not Just A Publishing House But A Home
With the Pitch Wars picks being announced this week, I thought it might be helpful to talk about subjectivity, a word thrown around so often it risks losing meaning. Recently, I've begun reading multiple books at the same time (no, not literally :D). At one point in time, I'll often be a good chunk into 2 … Continue reading Subjectivity
Note: The featured image above is what my desk looks like during revisions: tea or matcha latte in a Disney mug + papers everywhere. Through Aerogramme Studio's blog, I saw The West Wing and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin discuss his writing process (the full discussion can be found on Reddit): I write a lot of drafts of screenplays and … Continue reading Writing Process
On 07/07/07, my now-husband and I started dating. As we danced in the rain, he asked me to be his girlfriend. I blurted out that it was just like a movie, making it no longer movie-like. Five years after that, on 07/07/12, we got married. Sometimes I still can't believe that this fairy tale that is … Continue reading My Own Fairy Tale