Mother of two energetic girls and wife to a creative Belgian astronomer. Caregiver of Gogo, either a black mutt with chocolate brown sidewalls or a chocolate brown mutt with a black racing stripe (depending on how you look at her).
Engineer by training, writer by choice.
Alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers' Residency Program and Squaw Valley Writers' Workshop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. Maybe it was a SoCal thing - people got the gist of your meaning from facial expressions or intonation or I hung out with a bunch of mind readers, but according to my ex-husband I didn't speak in full sentences. He gave me grief about it and I got rid of both that habit of clipped conversation and him. My half-sentence background might explain some of my choppy sentence structure - I think of it as my retro-Valley Girl style.
When did you first start writing?
I was first introduced to creative writing in fourth grade. Mr. Sheldon Tilles was a huge fan of creative writing, and he had this idea that precocious 9 year-old kids could flex their minds and hone their writing skills with weekly short story assignments. I hated those writing assignments at the time, mostly because I hated penmanship and my hand cramped after ten minutes. Now, in the computer age, look what I love to do! Bless your prophetic heart, Mr. Tilles, wherever you are :)
Doris Tsang is the "most successful" of the three Tsang sisters. She's the superior court judge married to a respected medical research scientist for over thirty years. Her three sons are graduate students in medicine and law school. She's always kept to the straight and narrow path - but her hunky new law clerk has her thinking about a detour...
Nineteen year-old college tennis star Gina Tsang dropped out of school to marry her sweetheart, baseball star Jonathan Lee, who was recently drafted into the professional league. Five years, multiple affairs by John and a black eye later, she returns to her love of tennis to recover a measure her of self-worth.
Lily Tsang met her husband-to-be Kyle when they were both struggling artists. Eight years later, they are both famous in their fields, but now Kyle struggles with what might be fleeting success. He's bringing the problems with his stress and ego into their marriage. Lily's response is to retreat into her art - for now.
1985: Jessica Chou is at the biggest dance of the season and she's got the attention of two men: the cute pre-med gymnast with the hot, flexible bod and the sweet nerd with surprising dance moves. Her choice will have repercussions felt a decade later.
Short story prequel to the novel CHOPSTYX.