My interest in fiction has to do with the way it gets to the emotional truths of our lives by uncovering the weaknesses and problems in all of us. More and more I am interested in fiction’s exploration of the ambiguities within which we humans live.
Public health and fiction share a desire to elicit reactions… both examine experiences in order to better understand human motivations and actions, as well as the systems that dictate our decision-making.
I felt compelled to start the conversation about what had happened, addressing the crippling legacy of shame and guilt from leaving our babies decades ago.
I wanted to write the book that I’d been looking for my entire life and never found.
“We all know what it feels like to feel like something less than what we’re supposed to be.”
Being a psychotherapist attuned me to discerning both to what is said and what is unsaid, accustomed me to seeking to understand conscious and unconscious motivation—above all, to listening.
I allowed myself to write without compartmentalizing the Chinese from the English, the Cantonese from the Mandarin, and let the sounds from other places dance and mix into the poems.