With tears, sweat and blood — yep, it’s true, these are little everythings of an author — I have been able to collect a bunch of links. Things I enjoyed saying/being said, hearing/being heard, reading/being read, writing/being written. Other than the Google accesses, these here are romantic because they involve personal expression, flawed, imperfect and inadequate.
Julie’s dreaded voice: Renounce/Reverb Radio: We tell stories: “On June 4th, 1989, over a million students and protestors gathered at Tiananmen Square in Bejing to voice their discontent at government corruption and lack of democracy. Despite government assurances that there would be no violence, a bloody military crackdown killed hundreds, possibly thousands of peaceful protestors. Chinese artist and writer Julie O’Yang describes her experience of that fateful time, her terrifying escape to England and how she is now a foreigner in her own country.”
I also stumbled across the sweet words from my readers:
muzna.sayed wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 6:16 am “Butterfly, a novel was awarded with much critical acclaim. The plot of the story is based against the backdrop of the Second World War. The main subject of the story circles around the disastrous love relationship between a married Chinese woman and a young Japanese solider. Everything is not as glorious and happy as it seems to appear in the initial chapters of the plot. Their love has to pass through many struggles and overcome many trials and tribulations. The plot of the story is set in the 1940s. On one hot summer day, a Chinese woman encounters an attractive young soldier on the banks of the pristine Yangtze river and it is love at first sight for her. However, he has his own restrictions and cannot return her love. At the same time, the young woman is unaware of the horrifying crime committed by the young soldier and would not have thought of nourishing any relationship with him if she was informed earlier of his misdeeds.”
Aishwarya wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 1:31 am “Julie Yang is an author born in China who brings to the world a beautiful piece of literature set amidst the Sino Japanese war. The love story she has intertwined gracefully into the war setup is irresistible, a young Japanese soldier who falls in love with a forty year old Chinese married woman. Their fatal destiny grips us to every turn of the page, as the novel takes us through waves of emotions from dark depression to cherry dipped romance. Julie plays with themes revolving around passion, forbidden boundaries, struggle and hope to take the story forward. Her choice of words is truly exceptional with a simple tone to the naked ear, but an invisible hook that roots itself inside you as you read on. Butterfly leaves you thinking even once you’ve finished. This is Julie’s debut novel, but it sure is enough to prove that she definitely here to stay. ”
I can’t say thank you enough, strangers! You said something nice to a complete stranger!!
Then, the wonderful Walter Mason wrote a great review on his blog. “Archetypal creatures reimagined by author Julie O’Yang in her fascinating new book BUTTERFLY: A NOVEL.” Click to read Walter.
Now I’m convincing enough for real fish to follow, am I not? So before I die, I know I’ve done all right, and it will end there. It hurts when something good ends. Here is my broken heart for you. The paperback version of my novel is now available on Barnes & Nobel >>>Click below to order>>>