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Book Title: Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 18 yrs +, 322 pages
Genre: New Adult, Own Voices, Multicultural Romance
Release date: December 2020
Tour dates: Feb 24 to Mar 10, 2021
Content Rating: PG + M for drugs (only two pages), suggested sex scenes (nothing explicit), some triggers (assault)
Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, discovering strength and finding one's place in the world. Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé's company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country. Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai. This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships --- familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships --- in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.
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Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. 'Love and Other Moods' is her debut novel.
At what age did you decide to become a writer?
I've wanted to write for as long as I could remember--when I was 13 and moved from Taiwan to the US, and felt like a fish out of water. When I was 19 and my white college roommate said I came from "rice paddies." When I was 23 and assaulted in New York City. When I was 26 and was told by my boss in Shanghai that I wasn't good enough. And over the years, during the myriad of moments when I'd been disappointed by love and my heart had been shattered. And when I had met the one who put the pieces back together.
I finally forced myself to put the stories stored in the recesses of my soul to paper. Thus, Love and Other Moods was born.
What does your writing space look like?
I have two young children who tend to sneak into my writing nook and misplace my papers and books. Needless to say, my writing space can get messy! I don’t always write in the same exact spot. Whenever an idea pops into my head I jot it down anywhere. I always have pens and paper in my purse!
What inspired the idea for your book?
I’ve always wanted to write a love story based in a city in East Asia. I spent nearly a decade in Shanghai, and I believe it’s one of the most romantic metropolises. Sure, Rome or Paris are iconic cities of love, but I think Tokyo or Taipei or Shanghai can be just as romantic.
What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
I wrote this novel while taking care of my young firstborn and pregnant with my second. Trying to find the time to write and balancing motherhood was a challenge.
Favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
Favorite process is the writing journey itself.
Least favorite process is pitching the manuscript.
What's your favorite reading or writing drink?
I like to settle in a good book with mostly tea--milk tea, boba, or hot tea such as matcha, pu'er, tieguanyin. However during the many, many 3am writing sessions (when the majority of my book was written), then I'd resort to coffee.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
For me, visualization is an essential element to my writing. I try to visualize what my characters look like, where they live, how they grew up etc. Once I have that picture established, the rest of the writing flows a bit more easily.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I think writing can be both exhilarating and exhausting. When I’m on deadline then I get stressed out. But personally I can’t imagine NOT writing. It’s integral to my everyday now.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?
Never give up. Keep on writing even if you only have one person reading your work. Also, be kind to yourself.
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