Trixi Pudong and the Greater World

 

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Happy Monday everyone! Today, I’m taking part in the blog tour of Trixi Pudong and the Greater World! So let me introduce you to its author Audrey Mei, and let her regale you with her amazing tale behind her new novel.:
Documenting My Family’s Old Shanghai
Thank you Lidy for hosting me on my blog tour. I’m going to talk about why I wrote Trixi Pudong and the Greater World. There are two parts to it.
I was born in Oakland and grew up like many of the Asian Americans who now populate Northern California. My parents worked and made sure my sister and I each had our own bedrooms, our own cars, and that we’d graduate from college with multiple degrees, debt-free. I was privileged.
My father came from Shanghai but in my suburban childhood, Dad’s origins didn’t play a big role. Imagine that: Dad was born in the 1930s in the fabled Paris of the Orient, one of the most decadent cities to have ever existed. A storied city of dreams, thousands of times more debaucherous than Las Vegas. And I didn’t know anything about it.

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To Love Triangles or Not to Love Triangles?

 

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day! Of course, showing your love for your significant other, friend or family should be an everyday thing. Although there’s nothing wrong showing a little extra tender loving care on Valentine’s day. Commercialism of the day be damned.

And in honor of Valentine’s Day,  today’s post, a follow up of a previous post, is a new series I’ll be featuring on my blog from now on. A series inspired by Prince Hamlet’s phrase “To be, or not to be.” Where as Hamlet is contemplating death and suicide. The series will contemplate specific story lines and tropes instead. And asking readers and writers their personal views about it.

In To Romance or Not to Romance?, I asked readers and writers about romantic story lines. For example, historical fiction and historical romance are two different type of novel genres. You can’t not have romance in a historical romance. But a romantic story line in a historical fiction, doesn’t make it a historical romance. The romance is not the core of the story but a narrative thread. A side or sub plot. Continue reading