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  1. Miriam Carmona #

    I just finished reading the advanced reader’s edition of “The Ghost Bride”. I feel so giddy about the ending, but at the same time I’m upset that the book is over. Please tell me you are working on a sequel for Li Lan’s adventures with Er Lang? I’m dying to read more about their adventures together because he only shows up towards the end of the book so there isn’t too much of a focus on him until the end. By the way, kudos on the magnificent story plot. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, you surprised me with a wonderful plot twist. Thank you for a creating such an intriguing world. It was the perfect balance of adventure and romance.

    April 25, 2013
    • Hi Miriam, I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book! Your comment about the ending made me smile, because when I started writing this I had no idea what was an acceptable length for a novel – in fact, I had more plans for the plot (complicated, cunning plans…) – until I realized that the book would be way, way past the acceptable length for even die-hard scifi space operas! A sequel is still up in the air, but as you can see, Li Lan’s story certainly has the potential to continue ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 26, 2013
  2. Hi Yangsze,
    my name is Franny and I think the story of The Ghost Bride is fantastic (I haven’t read it yet but I hope to do so soon! Is there an email address where I can contact you about publicity opportunities?


    July 17, 2013
  3. hello i am moriah solomon,is their a publicist i have to contact for the opportunity to start the “buzz”

    July 28, 2013
  4. Luz #

    I got to say that this is an amazing book. I’m a Mexican living in Malaysia, I love reading books, and when I saw the excerpt summarizing the book I was drawn into it… I really loved all the Malay words thrown into it that are such a cute reflection of the way Malays communicate. Whenever I was reading the ‘Aiya’ it was putting a smile into my face. It definitely made me understand better the Chinese culture embedded into the country, and how the afterlife beliefs are such an amazing remark of the culture… I would love to see a next book as a sequel, so many things were left without answer specifically related to Er Lang… I think it will be a hit if you make a sequel… Will rate it also in good reads. Congratulations on the great book, I will wait for the next one…

    July 30, 2013
    • Hi Luz,

      Thank you so much! I’m very happy that you enjoyed the book, especially if you’re living in Malaysia. I’d actually intended THE GHOST BRIDE to go on for another section, but then realized that I was waaay past my word count! I’m open to writing a sequel, however.

      Thank you for rating it at Goodreads – ratings are so important for unknown newbie writers like me, and I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 30, 2013
  5. Linda L. Miller #

    Really marvelous book! I got it on iTunes and listened TWICE–something I never do–and was so impressed that I bought print copies for three of my friends.

    August 19, 2013
    • Hi Linda,

      I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the audiobook – especially since I was rather worried about making all the different voices! And how kind of you to buy it as gifts!! Thank you very much – I hope your friends enjoy it as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 20, 2013
  6. Marilyn McFall #

    I really enjoyed your novel, The Ghost Bride. First of all the book jacket is lovely, the paper and the design. Your writing is captivating and I just don’t have enough adjectives to describe the book, amazing, fantastic, beautiful and wonderful. You have an unfathomable talent and I hope you are working on another novel. Marilyn McFall, Rock Hill, SC

    August 19, 2013
    • Hi Marilyn,

      Gosh, thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book and I will try to get moving on my next novel (on which I’m currently stumped!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      August 20, 2013
  7. LC #

    I love your “Ghost bride” so much that I am losing sleep over it! My all time favourite is “The Good Earth”, I think Ghost bride has to be add on to my all time favourite list too! Please hurry up with your next book! ๐Ÿ˜€

    August 23, 2013
    • Thank you so much!! I’m very honoured (though the Chinese “auntie” in me is worried about you losing sleep!). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      August 24, 2013
      • LC #

        Oh my god! You are coming to Singapore in Nov. You must sign my book! ๐Ÿ˜€

        August 25, 2013
      • Ha ha! Yes, I’ll be there for the Singapore Writers Festival and I would love to sign your book! ๐Ÿ™‚

        August 26, 2013
  8. Jeff #

    Finished Ghost Bride last night. What a delight. I enjoy being able to slip into another culture’s world view. Particularly one I’m not familiar with at all. I found it fascinating. I’ve recommend it to a number of my friends.

    Would love to read Er Lang’s family’s reaction to Li Lan and hers to them. I know, no small task. Writing a book is hard work. I’m glad you wrote this one. I’ll look for your next one.

    August 27, 2013
    • Thank you, Jeff! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and yes, I’m also curious to see what his family’s reaction is to her! (In the grand tradition of Asian dramas, probably not good…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      August 29, 2013
  9. feravai #

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought your novel The Ghost Bride, last night and I read all night and every free moment I had today until I finished it. I absolutely loved it, and loved the ending. I do hope you’ll be writing a sequel, because I will be greatly anticipating one ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved that I was able to lose myself so completely in this world. ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 27, 2013
    • Thank you so much! I’m particularly happy you enjoyed the world in the book, as that was one of the most interesting parts for me as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 29, 2013
      • feravai #

        I also want to learn more about Er Lang. He quickly became one of my favs, and I want to see what happens with him and Li Lan ๐Ÿ˜€

        August 30, 2013
  10. Ana #

    I just finished “The Ghost Bride” awhile ago and my mind is still reeling from Li Lan’s adventure. It left me wanting more! Especially Er Lang’s history (okay I’m probably smitten by him along with his legions of women. I was born in the year of the dragon so maybe I’m just attracted to another dragon ๐Ÿ˜› ) and how Li Lan will cope being a wife to someone like him.

    After reading the book, I told the story to my Mom and she loved it, she wanted to know if you have a Chinese version of the book so she could read it herself. And would it be possible to get a signed copy from you? If you could, please tell me the details on how to acquire one. Much obliged.

    I’m glad to find such a treasure of a book that depicts the rich culture, tradition and superstitions of the Chinese. I’m one, so I get what it’s all about. Quite refreshing really. Will definitely recommend this!

    August 28, 2013
    • Ha ha! Er Lang was a lot of fun to write, and I’m so glad you enjoyed him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And yes, please tell your mum that we’ve recently sold Chinese rights to the book so hopefully, she’ll be able to get a Chinese version soon! As for signed copies, I recently did a book event at and signed a number of extra copies for them. They told me that if you’d like to buy one online, you can specify a signed copy and they will send it to you. Or, you can call the Ferry Building location and ask them to ship it. Hope that helps!

      August 29, 2013
      • Ana #

        Yey! Will tell my Mom the good news, though she might have to wait awhile. Hehehe. Thanks also for redirecting me to the website. Will order one right away!!! *Hugs from Philippines*

        August 29, 2013
  11. Perlee #

    I just finished reading your wonderful book. Really loved your ending and definitely can see it opened up to more sequels (more romance between Er Lang and Li Lan please!)
    I am an Indonesian Chinese immigrant living in Bay area for 20 years. Your book really brings many wonderful memories of South East Asia cultures.

    Couple questions:
    1) It is not clear to me whether Er Lang was in love with Li Lan as much as she loved him in the book. He has not confessed his love to her. I hope he didn’t feel obligated to marry her ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    2) I read somewhere that you are working with Sonny Liew to make Ghost Bride as a graphic comic. Do you know when is it going to be published? I would love to add it to my collection. He is a great artist and I want to see his interpretations of Er Lang and Li Lan.

    Thank you again for your delightful writing. I will wait for your next sequel and in the meantime I can re-read the Ghost Bride again.

    August 28, 2013
    • Hi Perlee, thank you so much for your kind words! And I enjoyed your questions – as for how Er Lang feels, he’s always been a mysterious fellow, so we’ll have to see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The comic book with Sonny Liew is in its very early stages but I’m also excited about finding out his interpretation of the characters. Sonny has done a few character cards as giveaways for the book, which I’ll post soon!

      August 29, 2013
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    August 28, 2013
  13. Patricia #

    Completely captivated by your characters, the world they inhabit and the story! Please do continue the journey with this wonderful couple. What a rich reading experience it will be for your fans…and the anticipation for each new adventure will be exciting.

    August 29, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Patricia! I’m so happy that it was a fun read for you – that means a lot to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 4, 2013
  14. Carmen Agnew #

    What an incredible read! I was immediately intrigued by the books synopsis and only more excited as I read, completely captured from page one. It is very exciting to finally read a book with such a unique plot, intricate characters, and amazing detail. As everyone else has expressed I will also be keeping an eye out for your name and can’t wait for the sequel!
    Thank you so much!

    September 3, 2013
    • Hi Carmen, thank you so much!! It’s very kind of you and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book. I’m definitely open to a sequel, as there were lots of things I wasn’t able to fit into the book because I was afraid I was going over my word count! ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 4, 2013
  15. Eileen Tan #

    The subtle attraction between Er Lang and Li Lan was expertly weaved into the plot of murder and mystery. Please tell me you currently you are working on the sequel to their romance and adventures.

    September 5, 2013
    • Thank you, Eileen! I’m touched that you enjoyed the relationship between Li Lan and Er Lang – it was a lot of fun for me to write (and initially, I didn’t plan for things to go this way…). I’m not currently working on a sequel, but I’m open to it, as I think there are many more adventures that can befall them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      September 6, 2013
  16. Loved the book! Please write a sequel!! I think most readers are in love with Li Lan and Er Lang ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 22, 2013
    • Hi Tracy,

      Thank you so much – I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 25, 2013
  17. Rose #

    Hi Yangsze,

    I am just coming to the end of The Ghost Bride and really wanted to compliment you on your exquisite use of language and beautifully crafted and intricate plot. I read it every morning with my breakfast and find myself thinking about it during the day. I’ve really enjoyed reading this and can’t wait to find out what happens at the end of the story. It’s one of the best new books I’ve read in a long time. The characters are great especially Li Lan and Er Lang who you manage to make really likeable-I hope Li Lan ends up with Er Lang! Amah is another favourite of mine as is Old Wong. I never would have known about this book if I weren’t signed up to Goodreads and am so glad they recommended it in their newsletter. Bizarrely, at times your writing reminds me of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in terms of the quality and tension. I wish you the very best with your writing career!

    October 16, 2013
    • Hi Rose,

      I’m delighted to hear that you’re enjoying the book (and at breakfast, no less!). Thank you for your kind words – “Rebecca” is actually one of my favourite suspense novels >blush<. I hope you enjoy the ending of the book. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 17, 2013
  18. Rose #

    Hi Yangsze!

    Thanks so much for your message. Just finished ‘The Ghost Bride’ this morning with breakfast! Very happy with the ending-I won’t add spoilers. It’s funny because I was very slow to catch on where Li Lan’s heart really lay which made the story all the more exciting.I love ‘Rebecca’ too. Also wanted to say I felt I learned something cultural and historical from your work which made the experience all the more rich. Anyhow! I’ll leave you in peace! Look forward to your future writing! Rose

    October 19, 2013
  19. Laura #

    Hi Yangsze,
    I’ve just recently read your book, the ghost bride, and i must say it was incredible! i was wondering if you were going to make a sequel to Li Lans’s story? It would be wonderful if you would!I look forward to your futur writing.

    October 19, 2013
    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you so much – I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! I’m currently working on another novel, but I’m definitely open to writing a sequel. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 21, 2013
      • Laura #

        Yay cannot wait for your next novel then!!

        October 24, 2013
  20. Anna Chi #

    Dear Yangsze:

    It’s almost 1 Am and I’ve just finished reading your book – I was obssessed with it from page one and had to finish it before I could go to bed. What a wonderful story! Beautiful in so many ways! When are you going to have a book siging event in LA area? I would love to meet you in person so I can thank you for writing this great book. And I can’t wait to read the sequel! Also I would love to talk to you about other possibilities about your book since I am in entertainment business. Do you think you can email me? Thank you!


    October 26, 2013
    • Thanks so much, Anna – I’m very happy you enjoyed the book! I will actually be doing 2 book talks in LA, but not until next August. The dates are 8/5/2014 at the Santa Clarita Library and 8/6/2014 at the Corona Library, both at 7pm.

      I know it’s a long way till next August, but stop by if you’re around. I’ll be signing books and answering reader questions. I also got your FB msg and have msged you back. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 27, 2013
      • Anna Chi #

        Thanks! I replied back on your FB page. I told all my friends about your book tonight at a party and many of them have said that they have already heard about your book!!! How wonderful!!! Thanks again! Reading a good book is like having a good meal, I just found a new favorite thanks to you!

        October 27, 2013
  21. Charlene Anderson #

    I absolutely loved your book. I still go back to read certain passages thar took me to a far away land. I look forward to reading another book as wonderful as the Ghost Bride.

    November 30, 2013
    • Hi Charlene,

      Thank you – I’m so honored that you enjoyed the book and still reread it! That really gives me a lot of encouragement to go on writing ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 2, 2013
  22. Hi Yangsze,

    I finished reading your book last nite and I’m actually re-reading the parts that I absolutely adore. I just had to email you and let you know I enjoyed your book immensely. You’re the first author I have been compelled to contact so I can offer you my accolades ๐Ÿ™‚ I am Asian ( I’m not from MY nor am Chinese) living somewhere in Europe and I am truly intrigued now to visit Malaysia because of your book!

    Thank you for “bringing me into that world” – I truly felt like I was experiencing everything that Li Lan was going through.

    I look forward to reading more of your stories.


    December 16, 2013
    • Hi Jayne,

      Thank you for your kind words – I really appreciate them and am so delighted that you’d like to visit Malaysia some day! You should definitely go, because there’s also lots of good food to eat… I always pack loose clothing when I go home so that I don’t notice the, er, changes in my waistline! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 18, 2013
  23. Nicolette #

    Mrs. Choo,
    I listened to The Ghost Bride audiobook and I just wanted to say that you were wonderful. The way you read the book made me feel like I was right there with Li Lan. I absolutely cannot wait for a sequel (please!!??) and yes, I will be listening to the audiobook.

    Thanks for such a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read more from you even if it is not about Li Lan.


    December 20, 2013
    • Hi Nicolette,

      Gosh, that’s very kind of you! And I’m so happy that you enjoyed the audiobook. That means so much to me, as it was a very fun experience to record it. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 23, 2013
  24. Joyce Francis #

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. Found it so interesting and the story line exciting that I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished.
    Thank you.

    January 3, 2014
    • Hi Joyce,

      Thank you so much – I’m so happy that you enjoyed it! Best wishes for a happy 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 6, 2014
  25. Denise England #

    I am currently reading your book The Ghost Bride. I read nonstop and I am telling you this is movie material. I do not gush easily over a book or find them cinema worthy. This is truly a movie in the making. If I knew who to contact I would just to see this wonderful story on the screen. Beautiful story and hopefully I will see it on the silver screen.

    January 3, 2014
    • Hi Denise,

      I’m delighted to hear that you’re enjoying the book – thank you so much! Right now, there are no movie plans yet, but comic book artist Sonny Liew is working on adapting it as a graphic novel with me. Hopefully we’ll have some more news soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy new year!

      January 6, 2014
  26. I too have just finished the ghost bride … I found myself trying to read reeaally slowly so that I wouldn’t have to leave your masterfully constructed world. It has been a long time since I cared about a character so much. Congratulations on such a wonderful novel – please write your next one as quickly as you can.

    January 9, 2014
    • Thank you so much for your encouragement! I really appreciate it, especially since I’m currently trying to write another book and keep finding mysterious reasons to leave the house to buy “necessities” like chocolate and potato chips… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw, if you happened to enjoy The Ghost Bride and have a spare moment, I’d love it if you’d be up for rating it on Goodreads or Amazon! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 12, 2014
  27. Jennifer R. #

    First of all, I read The Ghost Bride the second it hit stores and absolutely loved the story! It has become that book that I immediately recommend to any (read: all) of my friends. I look forward to reading more of your novels.

    Second, I’m a publishing student and I’m conducting email interviews with authors about their experiences with book publicists. If you wouldn’t mind participating, I’d really appreciate it! This interview wouldn’t leave the confines of our classroom.

    I hope to hear from you!

    February 10, 2014
  28. Beth Mulville #

    Hi Ms Choo,
    I put off reading the last chapter of your wonderful novel for about half an hour today because, as I do with all books I really enjoy, I don’t want them to end. I loved the characters you so lovingly depicted and hope to be able to visit them again. Thanks for making a cold winter day in the north a warm, sunny experience. I look forward to your next novel!

    March 2, 2014
    • Hi Beth,

      Gosh, that’s very kind of you! I’ve also done the “delay the last chapter” thing for books that I like and I am so honoured that you felt that way about mine. Thank you for the encouragement! ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 4, 2014
  29. Marian #

    Hello! Just this morning I finished reading The Ghost Bride. I got it from our small local library in New Mexico. I’ve been savoring it, and appreciating it’s measured pace. I read quite a lot, always have, and there are some books that are like, say, m&ms – fast, fun, sugary and good for eating on the run, and some that are like dark chocolate with a small glass of ruby portโ€ฆmade for lingering and waiting for nuances to come forward while nibbling and sipping. Yours was, of course, the second variety. Ever since I was a little girl, (and I’m closing in on 60 nowโ€ฆ) I’ve had an interest in all things “Asian”,(which, back then was referred to as “Oriental”, sorry). I don’t really know the source of this… My family background is Italian on one side and French/Irish/English on the other. But it carried with me and influenced my small girl doodlings and ‘dress ups’, my girlhood collection of paper fans, calligraphy, tiny, beautifully sewn dolls and pincushions, a small wooden peach with a tiny chinese ‘baby’ inside, and once, briefly, a dragon embroidered satin bedspread, given to me by a neighbor and promptly vetoed by my mother–(I imagine she thought it was too ‘old’ for me…I wonder whatever happened to thatโ€ฆinsert wistful sighing here). In high school I discovered Pearl Buck and read everything by her, moved on to more contemporary Chinese or Chinese-American women authors. And Jeanne Larsen’s books have been quite fun too. All of these have served to provide a wonderful backdrop for your novel. I felt I’d entered a new but slightly familiar world and enjoyed knowing the history of Chinese people in Malaysia, and the culture created there- and stepping into that world. I loved your creation of the Plains of the Dead! A rich landscape there. Your heroine Li Lan stands out for me, and I so enjoyed being startled by the many ‘mis steps’ she took–and how she recovered her footing in so many surprising ways- sometimes just by stumbling into the ‘right’ person, sometimes by sheer perseverance and stubbornness. But the thing I liked best was the twist in the plot with the introduction of Er Lang. You made both of her suitors whole characters with their own foibles and flaws. And you gave her this maddening ‘choice’, which is unusual among the stories I’ve read. (but seems more real, in terms of what happens when one journeys to other planes!) You gave her a mind that kept growing through her experiences and could not be forced back into where it was before she set out on her journey. To find herself wanting something different after her long odyssey makes sense, but letting her actually make that choiceโ€ฆeven as she would leave behind her family, forego the comforts she so longed for during her time awayโ€ฆ still, making that bold choiceโ€ฆTHAT was what made this story for me. I felt the pangs in the heart. I felt the uncertainty, I felt her annoying attraction to that cheeky fellow Er Lang, felt her weighing all of it. I liked not knowing what she would do until the very end. And now, yes, I want to read the sequel too! I hope she lets you know how she and Er Lang are doing! *grin* –and that you let us know, too. Thank you for this story. and p.s. I’m really enjoying reading your blog too!

    March 12, 2014
    • Hi Marian,

      Thank you so much – I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the book! How wonderful to hear that it resonated with many of your experiences. I’m grateful to have the chance to share the history of the Chinese in Malacca with readers like you, and really appreciate the encouragement. Will try my best to keep writing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 14, 2014
    • that is a very awesome response ….. love it….. from Marian, march 12 2014…… hugs from new York and bask in the love of Jesus! Mary

      August 6, 2014
  30. Laura #

    Just finished reading The Ghost Bride. I couldn’t put it down, I completely fell in love with it’s story and it’s characters. It was amazing from start to finish!

    April 16, 2014
    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you very muchl! I’m so happy you had fun reading it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 17, 2014
  31. Monica #

    I am so blown away by your book The Ghost Bride. I just finished reading it and I must say, this is now one of my favorite books. I hope you will consider writing a sequel because I want to learn more about the characters and I just love the world you have created.
    No matter what you decide though, I’m just thankful you wrote this wonderful novel.

    May 9, 2014
    • Hi Monica,

      Wow, what an honour to be counted amongst your favourite books! Thank you so much and I’m delighted you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 12, 2014
  32. Hello, I’m an American living in Singapore and the scenes you described really resonated with me. The mix of cultures and different heritages is so interesting, and you captured that really well. Thank you so much!

    I wanted to ask what inspired you to start writing, and how you began building your plot and characters.

    June 4, 2014
    • Hi Marlajill,

      Thank you for the encouragement! As it happens, I will be in Singapore doing a book event at The Arts House on June 22, 2-3.30pm. I’ll be talking about the book and answering audience questions, so please come join me if you’re around! More details on the Events page on this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 8, 2014
  33. Margerie #


    Am Margerie writing on behalf of New Asian Writing.

    We interview writers and we’d like to interview you for our section- Author’s Speak.

    If this sounds interesting, please get back to me.


    Margerie for NAW

    June 10, 2014
    • Hi Margerie,

      Thanks so much, I’d love to do it. Please let me know what’s the best contact for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 13, 2014
  34. Alina Pancratz #

    OMG! This is the first book I’ve chosen from the adult section of the library and it was the best book ever! In my opinion, this book deserves a sequel. I don’t want to impose, but your amazing book has drawn the framework of a book on the blueprints of my imagination, and I would love your input.

    June 11, 2014
    • Hi Alina,

      I’m so glad to hear that it was a fun read for you! Unfortunately due to time constraints I do not give input on specific works, but I’d like to encourage you to keep writing, especially if you have a story that you feel needs to be told. Write as often as you can, whenever you have the time, even if it’s just a thought jotted down on two lines of a notebook. Write what you feel is deeply interesting to you, not what you think other people want you to write. And keep on writing. I wish you all the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 15, 2014
  35. Shariel #

    Hey, Yangsze. I have just finished reading your book “The Ghost Bride” and it was truly a wonderful read. Though I am from Malaysia and a Chinese, I don’t really know the Chinese cultures related to the religious part and also their ancestor worship. So when I saw your book sitting on the shelf at MPH book store, the title actually drew me in. This is because I have heard of ghost marriages before and I knew it was practised long time ago usually in the more traditional Chinese families. After reading the endpage, I just HAD TO buy your book. I am hoping that the sequel to Li Lan’s adventures would be coming out soon?? I will definitely buy it once it is published. Kudos to your book!! “The Ghost Bride” is now one of my favourite books and I am going to tell my other friends to buy and read it too.

    August 15, 2014
    • Hi Shariel,

      How lovely to hear from a fellow Malaysian! I’m so tickled that you found my book at MPH, and very honored to hear that it’s become one of your favourites! Thanks so much for the encouragement – I’m working on a mystery novel right now (not a sequel, though I’m open to writing one in the future) and will try my best. In fact, I just happened to take a break from writing when I saw your comment ๐Ÿ˜‰

      August 17, 2014
  36. Comma #

    I have hugely enjoyed your Ghost Bride. I find myself longingly fingering the book whenever I pick something new to read, and also accosting innocent bystanders to ask whether they read it yet.

    I’ll go scour your blog for insights into your time management with regard to writing. If you ever have a minute for us exhausted professional mom writers out there, please do tell all your secrets on how to get it done.

    Thanks very much for writing the book! The story will stay with me.

    August 17, 2014
    • Thank you so much! I’m so honored and delighted that you should feel that way (and are accosting people!) about THE GHOST BRIDE.

      As for writing tips, I often find that I need large blocks of time, e.g. 2-3 uninterrupted hours. Not because I can write non-stop, but because I need some clear mental space to think about things (like plot twists and oh dear, I forgot that I left that character in peril 2 chapters ago)… This is very challenging with screaming children underfoot, so I’m often forced to write late at night, or when they are thankfully at school. The other thing that’s been helpful to me is making time to be alone, even if it’s just going to the grocery store. There’s good thinking time in between the brussels sprouts and cheese, and it’s often much more productive than sitting in front of the computer and surfing for things like, um, bunnies available for adoption…

      Lastly, if you are feeling desperate you can always go on a writing retreat. I’ve not personally been able to finagle this (yet) but I know a number of writers who say there’s nothing like going off for a weekend by themselves. And sometimes that big push is all you need to start puttering on nicely.

      I hope that helps – finding time to write is a daily battle, and you have my full sympathy and encouragement! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 21, 2014
      • Comma #

        Thank you very much for your reply! It’s so very nice to find that all you say sounds familiar, because it means that yes! It can be done! It’ll just take forever, so that might be were I am right now. Plus minus the talent, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thank you also for being so accessible!

        August 27, 2014
  37. Kristen Kane #

    Thank you so much for you wonderful book, I could not put it down! I haven enjoyed any novel so much in years. I loved the Li Lan’s choice at the end. Now that it is over I miss the beautifully crafted characters! I truly hope you do a sequel. I am so curious what happens to our heroin after the end of the book.

    August 17, 2014
    • Hi Kristen,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad to hear that you were happy with the ending (which was rewritten several different ways) and that you enjoyed the characters. I will try my best to keep writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 21, 2014
  38. Liane Wallace #

    Hi Yangsze,
    It was such a great pleasure to hear you read at the Redondo Beach Library on Sept 30.
    Thank you for the character cards–all the members of the Book Club loved them.
    Literary Salon of the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach would be delighted if you could arrange to visit us sometime. We meet over lunch in Hermosa Beach on the first Wed September through May. I will be seeking your audio book of The Ghost Bride.
    Warm best wishes,

    October 2, 2014
    • Hi Liane,

      It was wonderful to meet you too, and I’m so glad your book club enjoyed the cards! I don’t currently have another LA trip planned, but if I do, will let you know. I love book clubs and it’s always really fun to meet fellow book lovers! Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced your card – if you’d like to send me your email address again, please feel free to msg me on FB Best wishes and happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 6, 2014
  39. Linh #

    Our book club is reading your book this month. Are there any speaking engagement / event planned for Portland OR? ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 22, 2014
    • Hi Linh,

      Sadly, I don’t have any book events planned for Portland right now (although I’d love to!). Please give your book club all my best and feel free to tweet me any burning questions you have about the book @yangszechoo on Twitter – I’d be happy to answer them! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 26, 2014
  40. Sin Hui #

    Hi Yangsze,
    I left a comment for you a few days back but not sure why it has disappeared, that’s why I’m leaving a comment again.
    I have just finished reading the Ghost Bride and I love the book so much.
    I especially love it when Li Lan is with Er Lang.
    Are you going to write a sequel? I really hope that you will. Cant wait to read what happen to both of them.

    November 4, 2014
    • Hi Sin Hui,

      Thank you for your lovely comment – I think it’s still there (on another page, under “About Yangsze”). I’ve replied to you there but am so glad that you enjoyed the book and will try my best to keep writing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      November 4, 2014
  41. Hi sorry to annoy you with fan mail but I have just finished reading your book “Ghost Bride.” I thought It was amazing and couldn’t stop reading. When I finished it I felt like falling to my knees and screaming “Noooooo!!!” (a little dramatic, but I really enjoyed!)
    – So I have some questions…
    1. Have you written any other books?
    2. Is there a sequel to the Ghost bride?
    3. I got a bit confused at the end of the book…..
    So does Li Lan wait 50 years to be with Er Lang or Ditch Tian Bai there and then.

    January 13, 2015
    • Hi Alex,

      Thank you so much – I’m delighted that you enjoyed it! To answer your questions:
      1. The Ghost Bride is my first book but I am currently working (very, very hard – just in case my agent is reading this!) on a second novel. I’m excited about it and hopefully readers will enjoy it too!
      2. There is no sequel to The Ghost Bride – yet. But I’m definitely open to writing another one in the future.
      3. SPOILER ALERT (for those who haven’t read the book). Yes, she decided to run off and not wait for 50 years. Which I’m sure was a decision that had some repercussions, but perhaps that’s for a second book… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 15, 2015
  42. Mary #

    Hi Yangsze,

    I wanted to write and say how much I enjoyed your book. I am an avid book reader and I rarely do I go back to read the books again, but your book was an exception. I think I have reread some parts more than twice ๐Ÿ™‚

    On my way to work this morning, I keep thinking how great it would be if you were to write a sequel. And I’m so glad many of your fans have voiced the same sentiment! I really hope you do write one as reading it will be something I look forward to very much.

    April 3, 2015
    • Hi Mary,

      I’m so tickled to hear that you enjoyed it enough to reread – what an honor! Thank you for your kind encouragement, I’ll try my best to keep writing and hopefully finish my second book (it’s getting to be a rather long one) as soon as possible. It’s another strange tale, this time set in 1931 colonial Malaya when they had trains and electricity, but still lots of ghosts…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      April 6, 2015
  43. Carmen #

    Hi Yang Sze!

    I found out about your book randomly through Coursera and fell in love with it immediately. It was such a coincidence since I’m currently writing a comparative study thesis on Chinese Cubans and Chinese Malaysian. It made me so happy to know that there are people writing about Chinese Malaysians ๐Ÿ™‚ You make our country and ethnic proud ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S I’m also a 4th generation Chinese Malaysian currently pursuing my studies at Philly ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you’re every at the east coast or Malaysia!

    April 17, 2015
    • Hi Carmen,

      Thank you so much – I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! And how interesting that you’re writing a thesis on Chinese Cubans – my husband’s family are Chinese Panamanians, and it’s fascinating to see how the Chinese diaspora has hung on to much of its culture and traditions! I have no current book events on the East Coast, but will definitely post on FB if I do. I wish you all the best on your studies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      April 19, 2015
  44. Lacey J #

    I recently finished your book, The Ghost Bride, and may I just say, your book was absolutely amazing. I hung onto every word and I could not put your book down. I had to do a project in my marketing course where I had to find a new and up in coming artist, but the bookworm I am, I changed it to author. I saw your listing for the new book and I chose yours. After reading the summary of the book I was very intrigued and wanted to read it when the book came out. I just finished your book last night, and I was blown away with the end events. This book will always be my favorite. I was also wondering is there is going to be a second book after the Ghost Bride. I’m dying to know what happens next!
    Thank you,
    Lacey J.

    April 23, 2015
    • Hi Lacey,

      Thank you so much for your kind words – I’m delighted that you enjoyed it and I hope it worked out for your marketing course project! At the moment, there isn’t a sequel to The Ghost Bride, as I’ve been busy working on my next novel, another strange tale set in colonial Malaya, but I’m definitely open to writing one in future. Best wishes on your marketing course project! ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 26, 2015
  45. Elena #

    What a great adventure, well developed and unique characters and amazing world that you describe! I could not help but think what a great script this would be for a Hayao Miyazaki animation movie… Loved every minute I spent reading it! Thank you!

    May 24, 2015
    • Hi Elena,

      Thank you so much – what an honor to be compared to Miyazaki, one of my favourite directors! I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 25, 2015
  46. Dear Yangsze

    Just recently I had finished reading The Ghost Bride. I’m so in love with Er Lang, I can’t wait for another sequel of him and of course with Li Lan in it. I hope [if possible] you can fulfill the little wish of mine. I’m sure when this day finally arrived, you have succeed in making me the happiest person on the day itself.


    Oh, and Yangsze, you’ve done brilliant upon the book.

    June 26, 2015
    • Hi Celinecamelia,

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you for the kind encouragement, and I’ll try my best to keep writing! Have a wonderful summer ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 27, 2015
  47. Loshan #

    Hello Ms Choo. I’m a Malaysian medical student and I must tell you that your book is indeed one of my all time favourites and it keeps me somewhat sane in the midst of my crazy schedule. I’m dying to read the sequel soon! Can’t wait for Er Lang and Li Lan’s relationship to continue.

    July 14, 2015
    • Hi Loshan,

      How lovely to hear from a fellow Malaysian – I’m delighted that you enjoyed it, even in the midst of busy medical school! I’m currently working on another book, this time set in Batu Gajah in 1931. It isn’t a sequel (though I’m open to writing one!) but another strange tale of the dead… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      July 15, 2015
  48. Yangsze Hello, good afternoon.

    First, I would like to thank by be paying attention this scrap in the middle of so many others. Know that it is very rewarding for me.

    His work came to Brazil a few months, and I made sure to get firsthand because I was anxious because the synopsis and the Incredible graphic that Publisher Darkside did the work. I devoured the book in two days and I can say it was one of the BEST books I have ever read. His writing is phenomenal, and sighed with the dead this book.
    I do not know if I commented, but I’m literary blogger, and I along with a mutual friend who also loved your book, we are thinking of doing a month dedicated to fantasy and horror books in the month of Hallowen (here in Brazil is in October ). You will have many reviews about books of these genres, raffles, games and really wanted to interview her to brighten incredible way our event. I know you are very busy, especially now with this new title and new work, but I believe an interview at a time like this can draw a lot of attention to the incredible work that is the Bride Ghost. Everyone should know, and the more I go talk about this work in the blog, I wanted more. I want to show the whole Brazil as his work is PERFECT. Finally, only eight little questions. If you are willing, send me an email to and I will be honored to talk to you. Sorry for the bad English, but I’m still learning. I LOVE YOU. see you soon.

    July 21, 2015
    • Hi Tamiris,

      Thank you for your kind words – I’m so glad you enjoyed the Brazilian edition by Darkside! They made a very beautiful edition with lots of special touches, so many thanks to them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d be happy to answer some interview questions and have emailed you privately. Please let me know if for some reason you don’t receive it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 22, 2015
      • Hello dear.

        I received your email yes, and I’m very happy to have come into contact . I wish all the best to you.

        July 22, 2015
  49. Hi Yangsze!

    I just finished reading The Ghost Bride now (at work at the front desk of a hotel…) and I just wanted to let you know that I loved it! The story absolutely has the potential to continue. I’m curious to know what this path that Li Lan has chosen would have in store for her and am dying to learn more about Er Lang! I can see what you meant by him taking over poor Tian Bai… I felt the same way reading the book.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing with the world! Please continue to do so, as it is much appreciated, to say the least. I look forward to reading more from you…and hopefully finding a sequel to The Ghost Bride on the shelf one day ๐Ÿ˜‰

    July 27, 2015
    • Hi Kiara,

      Your comment brought a smile to my face, because I always used to carry a couple of novels around with me, in case I had a lull at work, on the subway, etc. and could do a little reading in between! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and am working hard on my second novel. Must. Finish. Soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      July 28, 2015
  50. Hi, Yangsze Choo. I’m from Brazil. Down here your book The Ghost Bride is making a huge success. I’m actually reading it, but so far i’m really enjoying it.
    The Darkside books is the editor of your book here and it’s so beautiful. Did you see? I Believe so, of course! I think that this brazilian edition it’s more beautiful than the original one…ehehe. I loved the design!
    So, just writing to say this.
    Thank you! Keep writing.
    Regards from Brazil! Come and visit us one day!
    Ps: When I finished it, I’ll tell you here.

    August 5, 2015
    • Hi Viviane,

      Thank you – I’m delighted that you’re enjoying the Brazilian edition! And yes, Darkside sent me a copy and it is really beautiful. I’m so honored and delighted that they published it! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 11, 2015
      • Hi, Yangsze Choo,
        I read your book and I loved it. It’s so magical. At the same time it is delicate and dark. I’ve finished it since last month but I was studying for master degree test, so I only now I’m here telling how I liked the book. I recommended the book for some friendly people. I actually loved the destination that you gave each character. And I really loved learn about Malay culture. Thank you! I wish you good inspirations!

        September 10, 2015
      • Hi Viviane, I’m so glad you enjoyed learning about Malaysian culture, and hope that one day you can visit and taste all the delicious food! ๐Ÿ™‚

        September 13, 2015

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