Earthquake mayhem

“Frances Peck (l.) spent 7 years on her novel about the impact of an earthquake, “The Broken Places” due out in April. Here she talks about the research done and the characters she created to tell the story.” FULL STORY

 

 

A dragon road and three souls

November 03rd, 2016

Drawing upon her family’s 36 generations as inspiration for her historical stories, Taiwanese-born Janie Chang’s upcoming second novel Dragon Springs Road (Harper Collins 2017) is set in early twentieth century Shanghai. The story includes an ancient imperial dynasty collapse, a new government struggling to coalesce, and two girls – one a Eurasian orphan, the other a daughter of privilege – who are bound together in a friendship that will be tested by duty, honour, and love. The twisting plot set against cultural turbulence is a similar tactic to the one used in her first title, Three Souls (HarperCollins 2013) about a ghost for a main character, Leiyin, who had been captivated by a left-wing poet as a teenager during Chinese civil strife in the 1930s. Denied entrance to the afterlife, she must reconcile her three souls: her scholarly yang soul, her romantic yin soul and her wise hun soul. Vancouver-based Chang has also lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand and New Zealand. She graduated from SFU’s Writers Studio and also has a degree in computer science. 978-1443439374

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