Today I have an interview with Mingmei Yip, author of Song of the Silk Road, to share with you all. I love the cover of this book, it’s just beautiful. I haven’t been able to fit in reading Song of the Silk Road this month but I hope to have a review for you all in early May. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book which makes me anxious to experience it for myself. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this interview (pre-prepared) with Mingmei Yip…
1. Can you tell us something about yourself that not a lot of your readers don’t know?
Besides my hectic writing schedule, that I still manage to take time to perform the Chinese zither (guqin) professionally – last year I was invited by Carnegie Hall to play at its Chinese Music Festival — and teach calligraphy workshops.
2. Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Yes, my fourth novel set in the 20ies Shanghai about a woman spy working for a gangster. I am also writing and illustrating my second children’s book.
3. Which part of SONG OF THE SILK ROAD was the most enjoyable to write?
There are a few. First, the love-making scene in the desert, imagining golden singing sand dunes, the unrelieved heat, the passion…all aphrodiasical.
Another sequence I particularly enjoyed is the protagonist Lily Lin’s platonic love with one of her admirers – an Ughur healer who loves and protects her without asking anything back from her. Later, upon learning his tragic story she discovers she can open her yin eye to see beings from the realm of the dead.
4. What are you currently reading?
A collection of ancient Chinese poems called Songs of the South. Many of the poems tell of legendary beings and their otherworldly sojourns, some are frankly erotic.
I’m also reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and awed by his ability to create magic with words, something I also aspire to.
5. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I work on each until it is as good as I know how to make it. Then I move on to the next one.
Thank you so much for joining us today with this wonderful interview Mingmei! I’m really looking forward to reading and enjoying your novel!
About the Book (from Kensington Publishing)
In this richly imaginative novel, Mingmei Yip—author of Peach Blossom Pavilion and Petals From the Sky—follows one woman’s daunting journey along China’s fabled Silk Road.
As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Lily Lin was captivated by photographs of the desert – its long, lonely vistas and shifting sand dunes. Now living in New York, Lily is struggling to finish her graduate degree when she receives an astonishing offer. An aunt she never knew existed will pay Lily a huge sum to travel across China’s desolate Taklamakan Desert – and carry out a series of tasks along the way.
Intrigued, Lily accepts. Her assignments range from the dangerous to the bizarre. Lily must seduce a monk. She must scrape a piece of clay from the famous Terracotta Warriors, and climb the Mountains of Heaven to gather a rare herb. At Xian, her first stop, Lily meets Alex, a young American with whom she forms a powerful connection. And soon, she faces revelations that will redefine her past, her destiny, and the shocking truth behind her aunt’s motivations.
Powerful and eloquent, “Song of the Silk Road” is a captivating story of self-discovery, resonant with the mysteries of its haunting, exotic landscape.
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About the Author (from Kensington Publishing)
Mingmei Yip was born in China, received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and held faculty appointments at the Chinese University and Baptist University in Hong Kong. She’s published five books in Chinese, written several columns for seven major Hong Kong newspapers, and has appeared on over forty TV and radio programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and the U.S. She immigrated to the United States in 1992, where she now lives in New York City.
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