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!!

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...]

Wordless Wednesday: Festival of Books

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Fourth of July Sale!

"You will soon bring joy to someone." Happy 4th of July, everyone! In celebration of this great holiday, I'm offering 50% off my cozy mystery, SENIORS SLEUTH. Find it on Smashwords: Make sure to use the coupon code SSW50 when you check out! … [Read more...]

Gone Publisher

"Failure is the chance to do better next time." It's like Gone Girl but without the twist. So my publisher (Booktrope) is closing its doors at the end of May, after having launched almost 1000 books into the world. It was definitely a shocking and heart-wrenching announcement. Where does that leave Dragonfly Dreams? Great question. There's an option of republishing or just leaving it on the curbside. I'll have to sort out all the legal terminology and tangles before making a final … [Read more...]

I’m a CLUE finalist!

"You will soon be receiving some good written news." I'm finally getting back into the groove after my Taiwan vacation. Sometimes it's nice to get away to reflect on things and not experience the doubting waiting game known as submissions. I didn't get any notifications while I was gone, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Seniors Sleuth is a CLUE finalist. The CLUE awards are run by Chanticleer Book Reviews and recognize the best thriller and suspense novels. I'm on the 2015 list for … [Read more...]

Future Writing Plans

"Life is a series of choices. Today yours are good ones." Since it's the New Year, I'm re-evaluating goals and plans for 2016. Here are my ideas so far: Continue research for a new Taiwanese YA novel Finish revising YA manuscript Get Winston Wong short story published Review and polish a multicultural novella Work on the next books in the Winston Wong mystery series What are your goals and/or writing resolutions? … [Read more...]

Changing my Tagline

"The coming month shall bring winds of change in your life." Have you noticed a change on my website? For mobile users, it probably looks the same, but those checking it out on a computer may see something slightly different. What is it? My tagline. A tagline is a slogan that helps you remember something--in this case, a person. My old line read, Asian-American fiction with a geriatric twist. My new slogan is Multicultural fiction, Intergenerational drama. The old version really … [Read more...]

Getting the Word Out

"Someone is speaking well of you." It really does take a community to launch a book. Here are my partners in crime for my cozy mystery, Seniors Sleuth (which recently won Runner-Up at the 2015 Beach Book Festival): Team Jen. These devoted folks were beta readers and cover voters. A huge thanks to them for polishing my work, posting up reviews, and spreading the word! Also, special shout-outs go to Joy Weese Moll, Julia Tomiak, and Carol Early Cooney for blogging about my … [Read more...]