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Born in China, Zoë S. Roy, an avid reader even during the Cultural Revolution, writes literary fiction with a focus on women’s cross-cultural experiences. She holds an MEd in Adult Education and an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies from the University of New Brunswick and Saint Mary’s University. She currently lives in Toronto and taught for the Toronto Public School Board for years.

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Zoë S. Roy Thanks so much for your interest in some of my stories, Elizabeth. Here are my answers to your inspiring questions. The idea of interacting with…moreThanks so much for your interest in some of my stories, Elizabeth. Here are my answers to your inspiring questions. The idea of interacting with adults made me choose the field. My experience of teaching deepens my understanding of people, but only has a ripple effect on what I write. I think I’m influenced more by what I read in my youth. I was fascinated in the classical literature and still enjoy old-fashioned themes, such as life and death, love and hate, as well as human conditions. There are too many writers to name… Reading their stories, I imagined the lives of the characters and experiences I didn’t have. I read some contemporary fiction and am willing to get inspired. :-) I guess curiosity about other human beings is my initial inspiration for writing human stories.(less)
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The Long March Home

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Calls Across the Pacific

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"There’s a long story behind my protagonist. In 1993, Gu Cheng, an exiled Chinese poet in New Zealand, killed his wife, Xie Ye, before he hung himself. The death of Xie Ye haunted me, and her acceptance of her husband’s lover in sharing their live... See Full Answer
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“Dare I ask Mao and his Communist Party?
I fear my throat will be cut into two pieces.
In the name of revolution, for thought crimes,
Such questions can turn me to ashes.”
Zoë S. Roy , Calls Across the Pacific

“The dictator’s black hand had
made China a birdcage wrapped in red flags.--From "Balloons”
Zoë S. Roy, Butterfly Tears

“Reading literary works enlightened and sheltered me; now I'm paying back by writing.

--"My Confession”
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