Boba Tea and Mystery

I recently enjoyed an author event with the perfect title: Afternoon (Boba) Tea & Mystery. The rhyming factor is great, and what’s better than some refreshing bubble tea in the afternoon? Special thanks goes out to the Northern California chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America for co-sponsoring the event. This was an offsite activity that coincided with the Bay Area Book Festival. Here is a signed copy I got of Kelly Yang’s Yes We Will: I had a fun time … [Read more...]

Wednesday Roundup

It's time for some author and bookish news roundups. EXCITING NEWS: I'm serving on the national board of Sisters in Crime as Vice President. Please check out and join this international community for all who write and love crime fiction!  Starred review for Midnight Hour, a crime fiction anthology I’m involved in FUN EVENTS: Tattered Cover Book Store virtual event; Tuesday, October 26, 2021  5pm MT/4pm PT; Virtual conversation with Kate Lansing … [Read more...]

Patience

I'm on the Chicks on a Case blog talking about patience. That's the writer's life in a nutshell! https://chicksonthecase.com/2021/08/13/the-patient-writer/ … [Read more...]

Cover Reveal on 5/30

That's right! I'm super excited to have Dru's Book Musings host my cover reveal for my upcoming Sassy Cat Mystery, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (November 30, 2021). Be sure to check out her website on Sunday, 5/30: https://drusbookmusing.com/category/cover-reveal/ … [Read more...]

My Very First Webinar

I'm on the Writers Who Kill blog today talking about a speaking engagement I did all by lonesome. Check out my journey from when I first made a bold step and onward: https://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2021/04/on-my-own-by-jennifer-j-chow.html … [Read more...]

Book Promotion during a Pandemic

"The coming month shall bring winds of change in your life." My book, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue, came out last Tuesday on March 10th. It squeezed in right before all the upheaval started. I'm grateful I still got the chance to do a joint book launch that evening. Pretty soon after, everything turned upside-down. As of current count, I've had two events cancelled, two postponed, and one still up in the air. Who knows what will happen next? However, I am grateful for the solid support of the … [Read more...]

Book Comes out Tomorrow!

"You will be called upon to celebrate some good news." This is just a quick note to say that MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE officially releases tomorrow (March 10)! Hurrah! Go ahead and purchase it here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605896/mimi-lee-gets-a-clue-by-jennifer-j-chow/ … [Read more...]

California Crime Writers Conference 2019

I had such a great time at this biennial crime writers' conference! I'm still recovering from the immense load of information given to me, as well as from connecting my introvert self with multiple authors and editors. Here are a few of the observations that stuck out to me from the event: Use funny to deal with serious topics (like murder); and if you have something too mean for your main character to say, offload it to a sidekick. ;) It's common for agents to *not* meet their clients … [Read more...]

#BookReview: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi 5 stars Genre: YA contemporary romance Pros: Diverse main charactersInteresting cultural referencesCute flip of a theme Cons: Predictable love story I loved When Dimple Met Rishi! It features a cute romance. Not only do the two main characters fall in love, but you also start to adore them as a reader. I particularly liked how Menon flipped the theme of arranged marriages into something culturally positive. All the tidbits of the characters' … [Read more...]

WriteGirl

"Don't be surprised by the emergence of undiscovered talents." I had such an inspiring time over the weekend with teen girls! The nonprofit WriteGirl is a fabulous organization that pairs young women with mentors to express themselves through creative writing. Sunday’s afternoon event was a fiction workshop and drew over 100 attendees. Held at The Autry, mentors and mentees filled up the auditorium of the Wells Fargo Theater. I shared a few tips on jumping points for starting stories … [Read more...]