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This is a quick post to say that my debut novel about a Taiwanese-American family is out!


Here are the purchase links:

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You cannot clap with one hand. 

What is a book without its cover? Despite the common saying, interesting images do draw readers in. In fact, every year I see lists for the best covers.

I'm excited to reveal the cover art for my own book, The 228 Legacy:

Keep an eye out for my novel on its release date, August 1st!

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I have an extra post this week because I’m doing a blog hop called, “Writers Tell All.”

Thanks to Romelle Broas for tagging me in this fun challenge! Here are my comments on the writing process:

Question 1: What are you working on?
  • Releasing my debut novel, The 228 Legacy, on August 1st
  • Polishing a cozy mystery featuring an Asian-American sleuth investigating a senior home
  • Editing a previously shelved manuscript
Question 2: How does your writing process work?
  1. I look around for inspiration in my daily life. When an image, a phrase, or a theme sticks, I’ll expand on it.  
  2. I do a general outline and conduct my research. Then I’ll write it out, often using more detailed chapter outlines. Afterwards, I revise for several rounds.
  3. My story gets feedback from my critique group, and I’ll change things based on their responses.
  4. I’ll read it again, looking for flow issues. I also line-edit it.  
  5. Then I send off my polished manuscript and hope for the best.
Question 3: Who are the authors you most admire?

Amy Tan – She really brought Asian-American fiction to the public eye.
Lisa See – I admire her ability to conduct extensive research and weave in historical facts into a compelling plot.
Kazuo Ishiguro -  His versatility is amazing, and I love how his books are a commentary about the world around us.

Now it's my turn to tag 3 people. Please check out their blogs. Who knows what you’ll find when writers tell all?

3.    Gerry Wilson

Coconut pancake: Asian pancake with shredded coconut

I never had this dish until I tried it at a local restaurant. It's a pancake filled with shredded coconut and sesame seeds. The crust is the hearty kind, not at all like a crepe or the IHOP breakfast variety. Inside, there's an intriguing tropical flair with the mashed coconut concoction. The sesame seeds balanced out the taste well, but overall I felt that the pancake was a bit too sweet. 
Tigers and deer do not walk together. 

I love reading e-books. However, one of my gripes about an electronic version is the book's impersonalization. How can I get it autographed? Recently, I discovered Authorgraph, a free way to send and receive author autographs. Here's a primer on the service:

1. As a writer, what do I need to set it up? The ASIN, or Amazon Standard Identification Number.

2. What versions are available? The signature can be given in a PDF or a AZW (Kindle-app compatible) format.

3. What's the signature look like? There's a choice of a fancy script font or the actual scrawl of the author (as transmitted via writing on a computer pad).

4. What does it really cost? It's free, although there may be a slight delivery fee from Amazon if you want the autograph sent to your Kindle.

5. Do I need to purchase a copy of the book to get it? Actually, no. However, I hope that you do if you're requesting a signature from the author.

Authorgraph sounds like a great service. I, for one, will be offering it to my future readers and browsing the site's catalog to request some of my own. 
Three cup chicken: an aromatic, spicy chicken dish 

 The "three cup" refers to the primary ingredients used in this flavorful dish: sesame oil, soy sauce, and Chinese rice wine. The recipe calls for three equal parts of each ingredient. Fresh basil also lends a nice minty touch that complements the flavor, and provides an elegant decoration to the platter. I first tasted this chicken courtesy of my brother-in-law prior to his wedding, and I'll always have great memories associated with this mouth-watering dish.