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Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After graduating from Harvard, she worked as a management consultant and at a startup before writing her first novel. Yangsze eats and reads too much, and often does both at the same time. You can follow her blog at http://yschoo.com/ or on Twitter @yangszechoo


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Yangsze Choo Hi Mamie,

Story ideas come to me at various times. Sometimes I'll be walking around and I'll see or hear something odd and start wondering "what…more
Hi Mamie,

Story ideas come to me at various times. Sometimes I'll be walking around and I'll see or hear something odd and start wondering "what if..." I wrote THE GHOST BRIDE partly because I happened to be doing research in the archives of our local Malaysian newspaper on something completely unrelated, when an article about spirit marriages amongst the Chinese happened to catch my eye. I wondered what it would be like to be married to the dead, and so I sat down and wrote the first chapter, pretty much as it appears in the book.

I remember reading that Roald Dahl used to carry a notebook around to jot down ideas, which is probably a good idea, though I don't always succeed in doing that. On the other hand, I've sometimes gone to sleep and dreamed that I wrote a really fantastic book, only to wake up and realize that it was just a garbled, nonsensical idea!

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A few days ago, we had some friends over for brunch and I decided to serve poached eggs on rice. “Is this going to be raw?” they asked in surprise, as I blithely started to crack eggs over the cooked rice in their bowls.


Fortunately, the eggs were actually poached but it made me realize that this method of poaching eggs in their shells is actually quite unexpected and delightful to many people....

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"Asked to marry the dead son of a wealthy family, a young woman is pulled from her body into the afterlife in The Ghost Bride, a historical novel set in 1890s colonial Malaya." ...More

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“In the darkness of a thousand
withered souls, it was Er Lang’s hand that I
sought, and his voice that I longed to hear. Perhaps
it is selfish of me, but an uncertain future
with him, in all its laughter and quarrels, is better
than being left behind.”
Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride

“The Chinese considered the moon to be yin, feminine and full of negative energy, as opposed to the sun that was yang and exemplified masculinity. I liked the moon, with its soft silver beams. It was at once elusive and filled with trickery, so that lost objects that had rolled into the crevices of a room were rarely found, and books read in its light seemed to contain all sorts of fanciful stories that were never there the next morning.”
Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride

“I don't keep mistresses; it's far too much trouble. I'm offering to marry you, although I might regret it. And if you think the Lim family disapproved of your marriage, wait until you meet mine.”
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