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How did you start in writing?
Before my UCLA writing program was over, I was hired to write art reviews for LA Artcore www.laartcore.org. - a nonprofit art gallery in downtown Los Angeles. This is where my writing career began. I had my first art review published in an international art magazine at the tender age of 22. When I got my first paycheck, I was hooked!
What motivated you to write The Beijing Family book series?
How long did it take you to write the first book of the series?
In 2012, I began writing The Beijing Family book series as non-fictional due to the vast amount of personal experiences to draw upon and it was so boring! So the Chinese have lots of money and they're buying everything, who cares! It was almost a documentary about excessive one-dimensional mass consumption from the nouveau riche and it was shallow. I then changed it to creative fiction and it came alive! Now it has more meaningful story lines, characters, make believe and more depth and substance. It's more fun, colorful, unpredictable and I love it! I published the first three books in 2013. In 2017, I hired incredibly talented editors and a copy illustrator. I rewrote the first three books and added two new books to the series. Together, my team and I gave the entire series a complete makeover. In 2020, I republished it again in response to the negative racism and hate towards Asians post-Covid worldwide. I strengthened the Chinese characters and their interactions.
A sense of accomplishment and at the same time some sadness and emptiness. I live in this fictional world with the characters I've developed for weeks and then it's over.
The easiest part is drawing upon my own personal experiences so the development of story lines and characters is simpler. It's easier to express it when you've personally been through it.
Did you seek assistance in writing this book series?
I hired very good editors to help me improve my content and a very talented copy illustrator to help me with my book covers.
What time of day are you most creative and when do you write?
I am most creative in the mornings and late at night. That's when I get most of my inspirations. I've also had dreams where I get my ideas.
What would you like to say to the readers?
Each book can be read independently. They are light and quick reads - fun and entertaining with lots of people drama with personal conflicts. It's also educational with references to China's current trends and it's rich historical past. In the middle of each book, I insert a chapter of comedic relief right when the drama peaks. I hope to bring some laughter and levity before the drama continues.
What are your hobbies outside of writing?
I love to cook and will try new recipes. I walk daily. I enjoy movies, reading, writing, traveling, art galleries, museums, hiding out at bookstores with a good coffee or tea.
Where can we find you?
Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/ginatang