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  1. Roy #

    Dear Yangsze
    The Ghost Bride is such a lovely, engaging read! Kudos to you for such a beautiful story! Was just wondering if you’d be in Malaysia this month? We are discussing your novel for our book club …it would be great if we could get to see you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 1, 2015
    • Hi Roy,

      Thank you so much – I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I’m afraid I’m currently in California and won’t be back in KL till next year, but if your book club is having a discussion, I’d be delighted to answer any book questions they might have! Feel free to msg me on FB or you can Tweet me @yangszechoo. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 2, 2015
  2. Roy #

    Dear Yangsze
    It was so nice of you to respond right away. I do not have a facebook or twitter account so will have to be in touch with you this way. Will get the book club members to ask you questions on facebook.
    When you do come down to KL and have time to spare, I would love for you to speak at the book club.

    Thank you once again.
    Warmest regards

    October 3, 2015
  3. Dear Yangsze, I’ve just read your wonderful book and wanted to express my warmest appreciation and admiration. A truly gripping read and such a richly-textured world, intoxicating! I’m an established Australian writer fiction of children’s and YA but also a newly-minted PHD student(in creative writing–novel plus exegesis) and The Ghost Bride is one of the books I’ve chosen to focus on for the exegesis part of the PHD. Hoping to read more of your work sometime! In the meantime, would you be interested in my interviewing you for my writing blog, Very best wishes, Sophie Masson

    October 24, 2015
    • Hi Sophie,

      Thank you so much! I’d be delighted to chat with you on your writing blog and have sent you an email. Let me know if for some reason you don’t receive it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 26, 2015
  4. Roy #

    Hi Sophie
    So glad you will work on the Ghost Bride. I simply love the book. By the way, have asked one of my students to include The Ghost Bride in her thesis too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Any chance you may come to Kuala Lumpur in the near (or far) future?

    October 25, 2015
  5. Tay #

    Dear Yangsze,

    I read your wonderful write up about the Paper Offerings (1) in Singapore and I would like to visit the shop if you could kindly provide me the address or the where about of this shop..

    Thankyou and my warmest appreciation and admiration for your BLOG.


    October 29, 2015
    • Hi Tay,

      Thank you for your kind words! If I remember correctly, the shop that I visited that sold the paper offerings was in Toa Payoh, underneath the hawker centre and wet market. I think it was all the way on the bottom floor. It was also right before the festival of Hungry Ghosts, which is why there were so many paper offerings available. I’m not sure that they would carry such a variety at other times of the year, but I wish you the best of luck ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 30, 2015
  6. Joanna #

    Dear Yangsze,

    I read your novel “The Ghost Bride” recently and it was fantastic! I really hope you will consider writing a sequel/epilogue for Li Lan and Er Lang. I simply cannot get enough of this couple and would love to read about their other adventures together.

    I love your writing style and tried searching for your books, but realized this is your first and only novel at the moment. I hope that you will not stop writing and look forward to your other upcoming novels in future.

    Thank you, Yangsze and wishing you a great year ahead in 2016! ^_^ *Hugs*

    December 29, 2015
    • Hi Joanna,

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! I will try my best to keep writing and am trying to finish up my very, very long second novel, set in 1930s colonial Malaya with plenty of ghosts and murders. Lots of “research” on food served at colonial dinner parties… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish you a very happy new year and best wishes for 2016 as well!

      January 1, 2016
  7. Hello! I recently read Ghost Bride and was fascinated by it. And it helped me to want to read more diverse literature and to start my own blog! Also…I’ve recently begun having dreams of my deceased grandfather, including one where he asks me to burn funeral monies for him! Thanks to your book, I’ve decided to learn more about ancient Chinese customs and how they are implemented in modern Chinese and Chinese-American society. Thank you so much!

    January 25, 2016
    • Thank you, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it and found it encouraging! Your blog on reading diverse literature sounds fascinating – I wish you all the best on your journey and many more happy reading discoveries in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 27, 2016
  8. karen minelli #

    When is your next book coming? I so enjoyed “Ghost Bride”?

    February 15, 2016
    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you! I’m working on the last few chapters right now, but it would still have to go through my agent, editor, etc. I will post an update either here or on my FB account when I have a concrete date! ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 17, 2016
  9. brittanyconstable #

    I was delighted to discover your book, because I’m working on a story set in Singapore in 1896 and haven’t been able to find much current literature in a similar setting. And the way you brought Malacca to life was phenomenal! Were there any particular resources that were helpful in researching that time period?

    March 7, 2016
    • Hi Brittany,

      When I was doing my research (starting about 15 years ago – yes, it’s been a long time!) I used Harvard’s Yen Ching and Widener libraries, and visited the archives at the Singapore National Library. However, the wonderful thing is that you can now access the Singapore National Library online Much easier than making a trip to the national archives and digging around the microfiche! Hope that helps and good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 9, 2016
  10. Jeraldine Koh #

    I read The Ghost Bride last night and once I started, I cannot put it down. I finished reading it and was feeling disappointed for finishing it in one go. Brilliant story and will be looking out for your other books. Thank you.

    June 26, 2016
    • Hi Jeraldene,

      Thank you, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I am actually in Ipoh and Taiping today to finish up a few points of research for my new book, which is set in 1930 Perak, so hopefully will have something soon! ๐Ÿ˜„

      June 28, 2016
  11. Leiza #

    I couldn’t put down the Ghost Bride. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Enjoyed the history lessons and the fantasy. I don’t know how much longer I could have lived in it, but it was over too soon! It was the greatest read! Thanks so much!

    July 12, 2016
    • Hi Leiza,

      Thank you – how lovely to hear that you enjoyed it! I’m currently editing my new novel and trying to squeeze it down to a manageable size by removing some of the history and food (too many banquets…), so I was absolutely tickled by your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 14, 2016
  12. April Pang #

    Good afternoon Choo,
    This is April, producer from Astro VBuzz here. I would like to invite you to come on the set for a personality interview this coming 13th Jan 2017 to talk about you and your passion in writing. I can be contacted at 012-6132120 or .
    Hope to hear from you soon and kindly please provide me your contact number or email add so that I can give you a call and send you an official email invitation to the show.
    Thanks and have a good day ahead!

    January 3, 2017
    • Hi April,

      Thank you for your kind invitation. Unfortunately I’m in the US right now, so won’t be able to join you on your show. I appreciate the invitation though, and wish you all the best for a happy new year!

      January 5, 2017
  13. Therese Sua-Totten #

    Hello, Miss Choo. Happy New Year! I’m Filipino-Chinese and loved reading your story because of its theme, characters, settings– all of it. I loved the magic, the superstitions, the Chinese-Malay– it resonated, so thank you. I actually gifted my father-in-law a copy of your book for Christmas, then treated myself to a kindle copy this new year. The book was impossible to stop reading. Li Alan was a great protagonist. Bravo.

    January 5, 2017
    • Hi Therese,

      How lovely to hear from a fellow S.E. Asian! I’m sure there are many similarities between Filipino-Chinese and Malaysian-Chinese culture, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book. Hopefully, I’ll have some news to share about my new book soon. Best wishes for a happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 6, 2017
  14. Adelaine Pek #

    Dear Choo,

    The UCSI Gazette โ€“ UCSI Universityโ€™s official magazine โ€“ editorial team would be very honoured to feature you in the โ€˜Write Rightโ€™ section, where we feature insights from some of Malaysiaโ€™s most experienced authors and journalists.

    The mentioned section has featured notable literary names and is written in a โ€˜Question and Answerโ€™ format. Besides allowing the readers to gain insights into the authorsโ€™ opinions and perspectives, the section aims to provide readers with a better understanding of the literary and publishing world. Our past interviewees include Tan Twan Eng, the first Malaysian recipient of the Man Asian Literary Prize among many things; Lydia Teh, author of Honk! If You Are Malaysian; Chelsea LY Ng, The Star news editor with over 22 years of working experience; among many others.

    The interview will be done through email. A total of 10 questions will be prepared and sent to you upon your reply.

    The UCSI Gazette has an estimated print run of 5,000 copies per issue that is distributed to UCSI students and staff, government agencies, embassies, secondary schools and over 4,000 organisations that are UCSIโ€™s Co-Op partners. Your participation will surely inspire our readers and play a part in shaping the next generation.

    Attached is the link to the softcopy of The UCSI Gazette (Volume 9) for your perusal.

    Really hope to hear back from you!

    Thank you.

    February 27, 2017
    • Hi Adelaine,

      Thanks so much, I’d be delighted to do an interview and have sent you an email! Please let me know if for some reason you don’t get it ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 28, 2017
  15. Hello, how are you?

    My name is Thais Rodrigues, I am the blogger of “Dicas da Kira”, a blog that talks about various subjects, giving tips and recommendations for my dear readers, of different ages and tastes, but I have literature as a special point of the blog.

    My blog:

    I am very interested in your book, I met The Ghost Bride when I signed up for the partnership with the publisher that launched it in Brazil, the Dark Side, in case I still do not know the result, but when I registered, I mentioned that being selected, I would be interested in doing a book review on my blog to advertise it

    I decided to get in touch because I would like to know if you are interested in a short interview for my blog; So I send you the questions and make a post talking about you and your work, so my readers can get to know you better and know more about The Ghost Bride.

    I wish you success and thank you for your attention.

    March 6, 2017
  16. Hi Thais,

    Thank you, that sounds lovely! I’ve sent you an email – please let me know if for some reason you don’t receive it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 7, 2017
  17. Lor Xiong #

    I have read The Ghost Bride twice and I love it. Any chance you are going to write another book. I am Asian and I love to learn more of the Asian cultures and your book is really a lot of fantasy, dreams, and history plus love altogether makes it super interesting to me. I loved it. Thanks for this wonderful book.

    July 4, 2017
    • Hi Lor Xiong,

      I’m delighted you enjoyed reading it – thanks so much! I’m currently working on edits for my second book (a very loooong book that has needed to be cut down quite a bit!) for my publisher. Although it isn’t a direct sequel, it’s also set in colonial Malaya, in a world of dreams, ghosts, dead people and murder… I hope it’s something you’ll also enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 5, 2017
      • karen minelli #

        Any idea when new book will be available?

        July 5, 2017
      • Hi Karen, I’m not sure, but usually it takes about a year to prepare for publication after the edits are submitted. Depends also on publisher’s schedule ๐Ÿ™‚ I will update my blog when I get a firm date!

        July 7, 2017
  18. I’m reading Ghost Bride again. Just one chapter and I totally dig it (again). Thanks for the great book and I hope you have more inside you.

    October 6, 2017
    • Hi Ken,

      Thank you for your kind encouragement! I’m glad you enjoyed it and will try my best to keep writing more strange tales! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 7, 2017
  19. Darlene Monacelli #

    I wrote you a letter, but was unable to find an address in which to send it. I suppose everything is online now. Here’s my letter.
    December 29, 2017
    Dear Yangsze Choo,
    I recently read your book, “The Ghost Bride”. It was such a delightful book, and I learned so much about Chinese/Malaya culture and brief system. Last summer, I retired from teaching, and have start to try my hand at writing. I am working on my second children’s book. I have wanted to write an author for a while now. I enjoyed reading your book so much; I decided to write you a letter, and ask some questions about your life as a writer.
    So here goes, Li Lan is such a wonderful character in your book. Is she a reflection of your personality? Is she like you? Your writing is so expressive and your characters really come alive in your book. How do you get your characters to seem so believable, yet so distinctive? Also, has “The Ghost Bride” story been made into a movie? If not, I think it would be a great story to be told in movie form. I learned so much about the Chinese view of the afterlife and spirits. It was quite interesting and informative to read. I appreciated how you put the informational notes at the end of the book. That was helpful to me, in order to better understand the concepts presented in the book. In my books, I want to put additional information or activities too. I think it is a very nice touch for an author to do.
    In closing, I really admire you as an author. I look forward to your reply, and look forward to reading more of your wonderful books. By the way, which book is your favorite one?

    Darlene M.

    January 13, 2018
    • Hi Darlene,

      Lovely to hear from you, and that you are writing! Let me see if I can answer a few of your questions:
      1. The best characters for me have simply appeared, writing themselves in to the story. They have a distinct voice that tugs incessantly, so that I feel I’m describing someone I’ve met or know. The Ghost Bride started with Li Lan’s voice. I imagined an oil lamp burning, and then a girl saying “Last night, my father asked if I would like to become a ghost bride.”…and then the book started running from there. I’m glad you liked Li Lan! I don’t think I would have made all the same decisions that she did, but I feel that I understand *why* she made them. Perhaps that’s the most important thing, when a character feels real to you. Most writers, I think, have a tremendous amount of backstory on a character, much of which never makes it into the book, but is there (e.g. their obsession with cheese, the time they were left behind in a corn cellar etc.) to color the decisions that the character makes.
      2. No, the Ghost Bride hasn’t yet been made into a movie, but I do have an exciting announcement to make soon which I’m waiting for the go-ahead to publicize. I will update this blog/FB when it’s good to go!
      3. I’m glad you enjoyed the Chinese afterlife and the notes about it. I struggled with adding an appendix, but figured it was easier to put it at the end, rather than sprinkle in footnotes (though footnotes can be charming. One of the books I love is Susanna Clarke’s “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” which is stuffed with them!)
      4. Which brings me to your last question, about favourite books. Besides Jonathan Strange, I’m also very fond of Haruki Murakami’s novels, like “Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”. There are so many good books in the world – I feel fortunate that we live in an age where we have so many reading choices.
      Thank you for your kind comments about my book. My second novel is now with my publisher. It has taken an terribly long time, but hopefully will be done… soon!!

      Hope this helps, and I wish you the very best with your writing!


      January 16, 2018

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