Seeing People, Not Differences

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Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
When I first started writing The Fire Horse Girl, I obsessed over getting all the details right. The book opens on Chinese New Year, and I combed through every New Year tradition I could find and jammed most of them into the first chapter (don’t worry, Cheryl Klein, editor…

Fire Horse Girl Info and Inspiration

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I could live my life on Pinterest. It caters to all my quirks in addition to my love of cork board. I created this Pinterest board to the YA Scavenger Hunt last month. I’ll post the link here in case you want to look around. It has some of my favorite websites about Angel Island … Continue reading

Authors Announced – YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2013

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I am excited to take part in the Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt. Authors post tons of bonus material (extended scenes, cover reveals, extra info). Readers win books (each author gives away at least one book).  I’m on the Blue team! Click here for the YA Scavenger Hunt’s website. Posts go up Oct. 3 at noon … Continue reading

Double Seventh Festival – Chinese Valentines Day

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It is the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, also known as Double Seventh Day. I have often heard this day described as the Chinese Valentines Day although it seems to have its own unique traditions and celebrations. It’s also called Young Women’s Day or Daughter’s Day. My favorite thing about this day – … Continue reading

Angel Island Poetry

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For National Poetry Month, I am posting poems from the walls of the barracks on Angel Island. For today… There are tens of thousands of poems composed on these walls. They are all cries of complaint and sadness. The day I am rid of this prison and attain success, I must remember that this chapter … Continue reading

Poetry of Angel Island

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Happy National Poetry Month. I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of my favorite poems from the Angel Island Immigration Station. Angel Island was the point of entry for almost 300,000 immigrants coming to America from 1910-1940. The majority of those immigrants (around 175,000) were from China. The process of immigrating and landing on … Continue reading

Chinese New Year – Kitchen God

“That is what I always thought love would be. A kind of understanding.” “You are very romantic for a Fire Horse,” Spring Blossom said. “Maybe. I also like the story of the kitchen god who throws himself into the fire.” This is a story that I tried to work into THE FIRE HORSE GIRL several time. None … Continue reading

Chinese New Year – Animal Race

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 “It is a horrible match,” I said. “A snake and a horse. We will do nothing but fight.” I have always loved the story of how the years got their animal names in the Chinese zodiac. There are many versions of this story, and several beautiful children’s books that tell the tale if you want … Continue reading

Chinese New Year – Food

Nushi bustled in and out of the kitchen carrying plate after plate of food. I helped until I tipped a pile of tangerines into a bowl of rice. As the Chinese New Year celebrations continue, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the traditional foods of the holiday. Food is an … Continue reading

Chinese New Year Preparations

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THE FIRE HORSE GIRL begins on the day before the new year. It is a time of preparation and looking forward – a perfect starting place for a journey. I loved researching the preparations that Nushi and Jade Moon would be busy with on this day for the first chapter. Since tomorrow is the first … Continue reading

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