How did you create your characters personalities? I couldn’t have written Ah Ni without getting to know some Chinese people fairly well. I also needed to learn a lot about their culture and what it is like for them to be immersed in American culture for the first time. So although the Chinese people in my novels do not represent real people, they borrow heavily from the Chinese people I’ve gotten to know.
Do you have any advice for up and coming authors? Join a writers group and take their comments and critiques seriously. Develop a tough skin and keep trying to improve your writing. If you can’t get the attention of a publisher, consider self-publishing an e-book. It’s much lower cost than hard copies and easier to market.