Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an American writer, editor, and teacher who has been living in China since 2010. I have an MA in English and have published books, short stories, articles, poems, and essays in publications all over the world. I blog about her life in China and I am also the head of the Women Writers of Shenzhen writers circle. I am the author of the Crazy Dumplings cookbook series and the historical novel Threads of Silk.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Threads of Silk, a historical novel set in Qing Dynasty China. It was inspired by the years I spent living in Hunan Province.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think so.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love history and read non-fiction history books even more than fictional history books. I love anything set in ancient China, fiction and non-fiction.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a few things, but mainly a few historical mystery series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm not the best at marketing, but having my own website and blog is what helps me the most.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Even though publishing and marketing is important, don't wait to start on your next book. Keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Just write." – From my creative writing instructor in college.
What are you reading now?
The Popish Midwife. I really like historical midwife novels.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully more publishing!
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Monk by Matthew Lewis.