I’m a writer and the author of short stories, young adult novels and children’s picture books. My stories explore the Chinese-Canadian community, family relationships and the Chinese culture.
I love to read. I’ve buried my nose in books ever since I was a kid, so when I was still in elementary school, I knew I wanted to be a writer. My list of favourite books is long and constantly growing.
The old saying, “Write about what you know” works for me, but I would also say that writing about what I don’t know works just as well. I’m always interested in the behind-the-scenes story; the who, what, when, where, why and how. That’s what led me to study journalism.
I also apply the five “Ws” and the “how” to my own life. When I was a kid, my parents once reminded me as I rooted for the Montreal Canadians during a Stanley Cup final, that I’m not one of “them”. We were Chinese. Since my brother, sister and I were the only Chinese kids in an elementary school filled mostly with kids of Greek, Egyptian, or Armenian origin, I didn’t know what “being Chinese” meant. That’s where the five “Ws” come in; finding an answer to that has been a part of my life ever since.