7 weeks to go
The whirlwind is picking up!
We have a lot of new faces here so I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for subscribing and welcome to my little corner of the world. I’m A.Y. Chao, Alice/she/they, and I write fantasy inspired by my Canadian Chinese heritage. This post is a catch up post for all the things that are coming soon!
Preorder Campaign Closes 15 April
First up is my preorder campaign which closes in a couple days. I’ve had a wonderful response and am busy packing up the swag. Still a couple days to sign up for the swag packs which include the two art cards above, and a book mark with the beautiful calligraphy done by Jing Sha, a family friend who passed away shortly after painting it. The calligraphy reads Shanghai Fox Spirit in Chinese.
I capped the special teahouse pop-up art cards and will randomly add the remaining pop ups to swag packs for those who sign up after the cap. For a peek at the making of pop-up teahouses, I made a video here on in my insta.
Open worldwide. One swag pack per person while stocks and postage funds last.
If you haven’t yet, please add Shanghai Immortal to your Goodreads here. It really helps with visibility and discoverability to help make sure the book is a success. Thank you!
I had my first in person panel this past weekend which was great fun. Even did a reading! There are number of events coming up in April (all times in BST) and it would be great to see you there.
FLIGHTS OF FOUNDRY
Register here for free: https://flights-of-foundry.org/registration/
There are a ton of other fabulous events—check out the ones with Erik Grove and Victor Manibo!
GLASGOW 2024 PRESENTS
Sign up here for free tix
Very excited to report that my narrator has been chosen and will start recording this month! She has the most perfect voice for Lady Jing. I can’t wait. Sent her this dream cast list as reference for the characters to give a sense of how I imagined them:
Hoping to be able to visit the audio production and see how they do it!
Recent and Current Reads:
Legends and Lattes by Travis BaldreeThis was a hug in a book. It has the gentle humour and compassion of a TJ Klune novel, set in a Discworldesque AU of Lord of the Rings.
Yellowface by R F KuangSharp, insightful, and thought provoking.
Babel by RF KuangLoved this book though it was emotionally very difficult to read. Much anger and catharsis. So much that was on point regarding colonial attitudes that sadly exist to this day. There was a missing layer regarding the main character’s mixed race heritage and the additional marginalisation (and likely confusion re identity) that would have caused him especially on return to China, something I hadn’t been aware of until a friend who is mixed heritage herself pointed it out but was a crucial issue of identity.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha SuriMy current read—almost done and my goodness, a masterclass in world building and character arc. Adore the love story here, the bonds of family, duty, and the ease with which good and evil shift depending on whose lens we’re using to view the world. Brilliant.
Next reads: Perilous Times by Thomas D Lee, The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty, Black Water Sister, Zen Cho