Mingmei Yip's latest novel, SONG OF THE SILK ROAD. Click here to read my review.
Today I am pleased to share with my readers this Q&A with Ms. Yip (which was provided to me by her publicist) as well as offering you a chance to win a copy of this fascinating novel.
Which part of SONG OF THE SILK ROAD was the most enjoyable to write?
There are a few. First, the love-making scene in the desert, imagining golden singing sand dunes, the unrelieved heat, the passion…all aphrodiasical.
Another sequence I particularly enjoyed is the protagonist Lily Lin’s platonic love with one of her admirers – an Ughur healer who loves and protects her without asking anything back from her. Later, upon learning his tragic story she discovers she can open her yin eye to see beings from the realm of the dead.
Who is your favorite heroine?
Sacrlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, one of the all time great survivors.
Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Yes, my fourth novel set in the 20ies Shanghai about a woman spy working for a gangster. I am also writing and illustrating my second children’s book.
Can you tell us something about yourself that not a lot of your readers don’t know?
Besides my hectic writing schedule, that I still manage to take time to perform the Chinese zither (guqin) professionally – last year I was invited by Carnegie Hall to play at its Chinese Music Festival -- and teach calligraphy workshops.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
After I labor through getting down the first draft, as I polish up my writing, I begin to enjoy my characters and their trials and struggles as they work towards a happy ending. In my writing, I meet people like the Chinese herbalist and blind fortune teller in Song of the Silk Road, whom I might never meet in real life.
(This Q&A was provided to me by the author's publicist.)
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Thank you to Mingmei Yip and her publicists from making this giveaway possible.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
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