Twitter: @Kristin_Downer, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Author Kelli Estes About “The Girl Who Wrote In Silk”.

The hardest part was coming up with the “thing” that would tie the two time periods together. Mostly, though, my characters are their own people. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. In this interview, I asked Kelli about everything from how she approached her research to what it felt like to learn her book was a USA Today Bestseller: You’ve written before that you knew nothing about Chinese culture prior to beginning this book, and yet your book does a good job of portraying Chinese culture. Wonderful book, finally beginning to understand what difficulties (using the word loosely) the Chinese population had to endure through the years.

Your novel uses scenes from the present and the past to tell the story. After a couple of visits to the Wing Luke Museum, I’ve become more aware in recent years of our shameful treatment of Chinese immigrants.

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Does this book contain inappropriate content? A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever." Her debut novel The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is available at, where your purchase helps support this blog. It’s a good thing I like the research! He may have tried to come back and been driven away by Campbell.

"A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present."? What People are Saying about THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK "The story is compelling, heart wrenching, and absolutely a beautiful read." In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. USA TODAY BESTSELLER! (Still not sure how everything will be if all is okay and little one arrives…).

4.7 out of 5 stars 2,352. I have to say that Inara the name sounds more Japanese to me. Thanks for the comment, Ruth! Reader Q&A,

The story spotlights atrocities against the Chinese in America, exposing history that never should have been forgotten.
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This Study Guide consists of approximately 43 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk… Historical fiction is not really my go to reading choice. Author Interviews, Blog, Books Also, how did Ken get the name Chin? Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Make sure to stay tuned for my review.

I’m not Chinese, I don’t have any Chinese family members, I’ve never studied Chinese culture, etc. Sounds like an interesting read. Please try again. Recently I was given the opportunity to read Kelli Estes’ book “The Girl Who Wrote In Silk”. You can pose questions to the Goodreads community with "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. I loved this book!

Book,supplies an end of book list of discussion questions for readers and clubs. All rights reserved. December 10, 2015. But the idea that I could write one never crossed my mind.

When you ask which was my favorite couple, however, it’s more difficult to answer. Join the leading website for book clubs with over 35,000 clubs and 20,000 reading guides. You were first inspired to write this story in part because of a horrifying account of a smuggler in the San Juan Islands who killed his illegal Chinese passengers rather than risk getting caught with them. I hope they think about racial issues and how racism is still very much a problem, which I hope leads them to thinking how they might individually make a difference in their own community. I was inspired to tell my story through both contemporary and historical eyes after reading the book SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay, which I loved. Thanks so much to Kelli Estes for this interview! The Wing Luke Museum is fantastic. Unable to add item to List. I found it a bit odd that the Chinese words used in this book were Mandarin as opposed to the more common Cantonese of the Chinese immigrants of this time period. The only thing that I found inconsistent was that Inara had such a huge student loan debt. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

Thank you for writing it. This was fun!

Are your characters based on people you know?

What inspired it? I wrote the entire historical story first.

In fact, at least half of the four years I spent writing this book was spent researching. “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” follows Inara Erickson as she discovers a piece of history and follows its tail. In Seattle there is a museum called the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and they were a wealth of information for me in both their exhibits and their archives. Strange Scenes During Extreme Cold in Southern China, View pages/Speaking-of-China/153286054709228’s profile on Facebook.

But I vividly remember the August days when I read The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, as though the book itself provided a much-needed vacation from the oppressive heat. Wow.

Generational confusion aside, in a benefit of doubt to the book & author- in traditional Chinese culture, once married into another family, Vera belonged more to her husband's clan than her own blood relations. It wasn’t exposed to sunlight, cleaning, or other conditions that may fade or weaken the fabric. KELLI: Books were my first love.

KRISTIN: I hear a lot of authors who say their characters take on characteristics of those around them.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes is that kind of book.” Jocelyn asked me some interesting questions that I don’t think I’ve answered before regarding the book. $9.99. KRISTIN: Where will this book be available? Delving into the online world I ran a successful online radio channel and blog that brought fans up close and personal with their favourite music, television and movie stars. How did you respond to the news that The Girl Who Wrote in Silk has been so well-received among readers? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Just as Inara (one of my main characters) says, there really is something magical about Orcas Island. So, in a way, I guess it did get a little challenging trying to figure out the best way to weave (i.e.

Does anyone else know of some other books that speak to the history of the Chinese in the US, in a fiction setting. Everyone knows I’m a fan of good books. Sign up now and receive an email whenever I publish new blog posts.

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It’s so humid you feel like you’re wrapped up in a steaming wet towel wherever you walk. We’ve learned some in the years since, but our nation still has a long way to go in this regard. Written by Kelli Estes Review by Fiona Alison. Next. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.

They are what got me through adolescence. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? I really don't think they'd be all "sure, c. I figure Campbell would have stopped him. It wasn’t exposed to sunlight, cleaning, or other conditions that may fade or weaken the fabric. Why is it one culture won’t understand and tolerate anything that isn’t theirs. In fact, it wasn’t until after college when I met a friend who told me she was writing a book that the idea took hold. It was hidden in the attic and covered with wax paper. I still can’t believe it!

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Please try again. Generational confusion aside, in a. I believe the author might have meant Margaret Chin since she indicated great-grandmother rather than grandmother. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

My essay "Red Couplets" is also included in the 2013 China expat travel anthology Unsavory Elements.

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