She immigrated to the United States in 1992 and now lives in New York City.
Q: Tell us how you came to write and illustrate children's books.
Many years ago, when I was in a book store with a friend, she asked if I’d be interested in doing a children’s book. During that era I was teaching Chinese music at a University in Hong Kong. I’d never thought of doing this but over time I found myself liking the idea. I’d been writing and painting since I was fourteen, so doing a children’s book seemed like it would come naturally to me, even though my writing up until that point had been academic books and novels.
For my Chinese storybooks, the main audience is children, from as young as three up to about twelve. The little ones are read to by their parents and the older ones read by themselves to learn about Chinese culture.
Because I am also a novelist, many adults who have enjoyed my novels bought my children’s books for their children. Then some parents who knew my children’s books, read my novels and became fans. So some families read both my chidren’s and adult books. My two most recent adult novels are Skeleton Women and Silk Road.
You can visit my blog here or find me on Facebook.