Monday, May 2, 2016


Over the next several weeks, I'm going to be posting some fun facts about my newest book.

For last week's post, go here.


CHASING FIREFLIES takes place in China.
It is based off of some of my daughter's experiences while she spent a semester there teaching English.

Here's a quick little tidbit about China--one that I incorporated into my novel.

Upon arrival in China, my daughter spent a day in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong was originally colonized by the British, hence they still drive on the left.

Image courtesy of [Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee] /

She said it took some interesting maneuvering as they entered the flow of traffic in Mainland China the next day.
Mainland China drives on the right hand side of the road!

Read CHASING FIREFLIES for more fun facts about China!

Of course, in the end, this book is not specifically about China. Above all, it’s a love story.

My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.
She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp.   Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.
The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will.


That's it for today. To read the next post go HERE.


  1. I don't think I could drive in a foreign country...well, maybe Canada. They have too much traffic and weird laws! I'd hire a taxi lol.

    1. When we were stationed in Korea, I never once drove off post. It was downright scary. They used to joke that the lines painted on the roadways were simply suggestions! But it was very true!

  2. My nephew served in Hong Kong. He loved it and talks about how crazy it is there. Driving in any new place stresses me out.

    1. Me too! But especially in a foreign country where the laws are different--and sometimes not even obeyed! When I got my Korean drivers license, (we had to have one even to drive on the Army base) the Korean teacher told us he was ashamed of the way his countrymen drive. I have to admit, it was crazy scary!

    2. Ha ha. My daughter talked about how crazy the Koreans drove as well. It made me glad they didn't let missionaries drive or ride bikes there.

  3. The only place I've been where they drive on the wrong side of the road is Bermuda. Gorgeous place and we drove a moped around without any issues. I can't imagine how crazy Hong Kong would be. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. It's a crazy, bustling city, according to my daughter. But she loved it! Driving around on a moped in Bermuda sounds AMAZING!!