Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan are cousins who grew up like sisters. Michelle's a sportswriter and Blossom's a lawyer yet they've managed to find the time to collaborate on a novel that's won praise from some of the biggest names in Chick Lit. Their novel, CHINA DOLLS is billed as a cross between SEX AND THE CITY and THE JOY LUCK CLUB.
Here's our interview:
1. If I had to offer two bumper sticker explanations for my novel, they’d
be “Appearances are deceiving” and “Mean people suck.” Tell me what your
slogans would be, and why.
Our slogans would be "Don't get mad, get even" (our heroines have to deal
with a lot of prejudices and stereotypes, but they manage to succeed in
spite of these obstacles) and "Go after your dreams" (our characters are all
striving to succeed in white, male-dominated worlds where they are
constantly being told that they can't achieve their dreams).
2. Your two favorite movies over the past twelve months and why?
I loved "The Departed" because of the great character studies - Matt and Leo
kept me enthralled with their role-within-a-role-playing. We also really
loved the new James Bond - Daniel Craig makes us excited for the very first
time about a James Bond movie!
3. What was the one thing you learned in getting your book published that
you were really surprised to find out?
We were really surprised at how long everything takes. Like everyone else,
we figured we would write the book, and it would be out in a few weeks. We
had no idea about the months of editing and publicity ahead of us. In the
end, it took more than a year for our novel to hit the bookstores!
4. If you had to pick one and only one condition (beyond computer or pen
and paper) that would allow you to write would it be: a. solitude b.
caffiene c. sleep d. food e. sex or f. ______.
5. Do you have a favorite genre? If so, who are your three favorite
writers? If not, who are your three favorite writers and how have they
influenced your work?
Chick lit is our genre, so our 3 favorite writers are Emma MacLaughlin and
Nicola Kraus, and Emily Giffin. We've met all these writers, and they really
are great, fun, amazingly smart women. They've been real mentors for us, and
have really inspired us.