First, an exciting note. Trapped, the third novel in my young adult Mei-hua Adventure trilogy (Hidden, Warned, and Trapped) was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award. I am thrilled and honored by the nomination. It was also a 2017 Silver Falchion Award finalist. A good year! The awesome editor for all three of my young adult trilogy books was Renee Mertz.
I am beginning a new mystery series set in early Ming China. The first two books, Deadly Relations, A Ming Dynasty Mystery and No Way to Die, A Ming Dynasty Mystery, are now out. They are fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading them.
In 2016, I had the honor of having a short story, The Immortality Mushroom, in an Anthony Award Winning Anthology, Murder Under the Oaks, edited by Art Taylor. And then, Warned, in my ancient China YA trilogy, received the the 2016 Silver Falchion award in the Best International category AND was nominated for the 2016 Silver Falchion Best YA Non-Fiction Award. The non-fiction award is given to honor any book which “could be used for reference or inspiration by writers when writing their own respective works.” Because I strive to be as historically and culturally accurate as possible, I am delighted with this latter nomination.
As an anthropologist, I have had a long standing interest in culture–in its holistic sense. I am particularly interested in two areas: Chinese traditional systems and their impact on the present in China, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora; and immigrants and refugees–again, in the most holistic sense and especially highlighting issues involving change and adaptation.
As a result, at this time, my site will emphasize these two areas. In the beginning–March 2013–I started by accenting Things Chinese. This is as much an off-shoot of time constraints as of interest. I am working on novels and short stories which take place in the early Ming Dynasty.
And now, finally, I will be exploring concerns writers have for writing stories using diverse characters. Our world is highly multi-cultural, no matter where you live–what country, state, city, and even town–and therefore, our fictional characters are also more diverse and multi-cultural. I hope to deepen our discussion on how to develop well-rounded characters which respects their differences, while avoiding stereotyping. If you are interested in this, please join in on the discussion.
One more note. It is also my hope that these ramblings on my part (and hopefully yours) involve not only the anthropological (particularly folk traditions), sociological and historical, but also the literary–essays, poems, novels.
Welcome and let us begin!