Interview with Marlene Cheng

Where do you write?
I have a "loft of my own," but my greatest inspirations come with my bullet-coffee, at the kitchen table, at dawn.

The squirrels steal the birds' seeds, a blue heron eyes the fish ponds below, winds move the giant evergreens and I can sense the moods of the Pacific Ocean, just out beyond.

One day, I'll invite you into my private loft (please excuse the mess, I'm working). It has a day-bed, piled with pillows, where you can rest awhile, or if travelling is your thing, you can recline in the chair next to the beautiful, mineral-inlaid World Globe.
What is your writing process?
I do some deep breathing, I look to the heavens, put my hands to the computer and start typing. The characters come, and they want to be heard. When writing "Our Precious Bond," the characters were over anxious and caused a lot of confusion. That is why the book is formatted the way it is. I give each chapter over to one character, and let them have full go. Then, I didn't let them interrupt when someone else was having a turn. It seemed to give some order to a chaotic situation.

When I finished "Our Precious Bond," the characters were still living in our house, so I gave them another go in "74 Cubes of Sugar," which is coming soon.
What do you want readers to take from "Our Precious Bond?"
I would like the book to be an enjoyable, good read, but I hope that the book might nudge readers to be more introspective when it comes to:
1. The struggle and tenacity of women.
2. The pain caused by racial divide.
3. Mental illness.
Published 2017-11-17.
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Books by This Author

Our Broken Bond
Series: Bond. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,550. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Five-plus stars to Our Broken Bond. Like its predecessor, it is rich with complex characterizations and compelling narrative that puts the reader squarely in the middle of a sweeping tale of duty, honor, love, compassion and hope. -- Publishers Daily Reviews.
Our Precious Bond
Series: Bond. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,390. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Geneva hadn't planned on falling in love that night. She feels a strange vibration circling the space, "as if a wind had blown in with him and hadn’t yet settled." Our Precious Bond is an exquisitely written story of secret love, twin sisterhood, enduring family traditions -- all wrapped in an absorbing narrative just waiting to be made into a major motion picture. Seriously, it is that good.