Vroman’s Walk of Fame

"Your loyalties are clear when it comes to friends." I was very excited to witness Naomi Hirahara getting inducted into Vroman’s Walk of Fame this weekend. The Author Walk of Fame started in 2014 to honor authors with a special connection to the bookstore and the community. Other writers who’ve been honored include Luis Rodriguez, Michael Connelly, and Lisa See. Hirahara immortalized her handprints and signature in concrete in front of Vroman’s, the iconic Pasadena bookstore. (She credits … [Read more...]

Cozy Launch & Comic Con

Wow, this weekend was a whirlwind! On Friday, I did Coffee & A Cozy. I enjoyed chatting about cover design, audiobook-making, and story creation. Here's the spread of treats: Fun time with friends!   I also participated in LA Comic Con on Saturday. Seeing people dressed up was one of the highlights. Look at the mighty crowd! Great statues on the convention floor... Costumes galore! Can you figure out who everyone is? (My fave is the first … [Read more...]

October Fun

Want to see me in person in October? I've got two events lined up, so take your pick. Coffee or tea? Whatever your drink of choice, come chat with me or just hang out in Redondo Beach. Find me on Friday, Oct 26th at The Great Room!   Is your superpower reading? Join me at the LA Comic Con! I'll be there Saturday, Oct 27th from 9:30am-12:30pm at the SCBWI booth. … [Read more...]

Book Deal Announcements

Hi All, This book deal is getting real! Here are a few snippets from bonafide publishing news outlets. A snippet from Publishers Marketplace, hailed as "publishing's essential daily read": There's also mention of me in the Sisters in Crime October newsletter! Hurrah! Now I better get to work! Send well wishes my way :) … [Read more...]

#BookReview: Binti: The Night Masquerade

"This is the year when ingenuity stands high on  the list." Let me start by summarizing: The Binti series is amazing! You should really go out and read it. I absolutely loved the first book, Binti. You can read my five-star review on Goodreads here. The conclusion to the series, Binti: The Night Masquerade, also didn't disappoint. Okorafor wraps everything up with ease. You want more details? Binti: The Night Masquerade 5 stars Genre: Science fiction Pros: A diverse … [Read more...]

Book Deal!!

Hey, readers. Here's some fabulous news. I have a book deal with Penguin Random House (Berkley imprint)!! Color me crazy excited. I started really focusing on my writing in 2008 . . . and here I am a decade later. I'm sure you have some questions for me, but I'll give you a cheat sheet first: What's this new book about? It'll be the start of a fun contemporary cozy mystery series. Yes, it will have a female (*woot*) Asian American protagonist. When will it be available? Probably the … [Read more...]

BookEnds Author Interview

Hi readers, Please drop by the BookEnds website to check out my interview. It's a nice welcoming gesture on behalf of my new literary agency! http://bookendsliterary.com/2018/07/13/welcome-to-bookends-jennifer-chow/ … [Read more...]

I Got a Literary Agent!

"Do what you love and the necessary resources will follow." This is just a quick post to say that I have a literary agent! I'm super excited to be represented by Jessica Faust at BookEnds. Fun fact: I have a binder of literary agent rejections (est. 2009). … [Read more...]

#BookReview: The Hate U Give

"You  have a deep appreciation of the arts and music." The Hate U Give 4 stars Genre: YA contemporary Pros: A real protagonist Deep issues Exploration of family Cons: Quite dark for 8th graders I’ve heard so much about The Hate U Give. It lives up to its hype. I love the setting of this novel and how real it is. The struggle that Starr battles within herself and in her community also feels authentic. I did take off a star for the beginning portion of this book. … [Read more...]

#BookReview: Starswept

"Romance will come your way soon." Starswept by Mary Fan 4.5 stars Pros: An invented language! Unique world-building Focus on the arts Cons: Too much mystery in the beginning Starswept is a wonderful book. I love the premise of the situation, where the arts are adored by an alien race. There are also interesting underlying themes of prejudice, xenophobia, and the value of human lives in the novel. I’m able to really identify with the main character, Iris. I love how … [Read more...]