Read An Excerpt

If you can’t tell, I’m starting to get excited about the release of my book! Publication is still a few months away, but the days are starting to fly by. You can now read an excerpt from my upcoming novel, as well as an Author Q&A, on Penguin Random House’s website: White Chrysanthemum

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Lovers of the world

These locks of love on top of Namsan (Mt.) in Seoul echo Paris’s love lock bridges. They hang as a promise between lovers that their love will last forever. Young love, old love, new love–can they all be true love? (The dreamer in me hopes the answer is yes!! ❤️)

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Haenyeo Village House

This is an example of a typical coastal village house that a haenyeo diver would have lived in on Jeju Island. If you look closely, you’ll notice the haenyeo standing on the porch. A stone wall fences in the property, while also acting as a protective barrier against the island’s strong winds. Jeju Island was…

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Jeju Island Diving Women

I have read about them, watched them on film/computer screens and dreamed about them in my sleep as I wrote my novel, but today I actually met a group of haenyeo diving women. I’m on South Korea’s famous island, Jeju-do. Tucked away in a cove below the looming Sunrise Peak on the island’s eastern coast…

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When the sun shines in London

When the sun shines in this city the parks fill up with sun worshippers. Regents Park is a popular destination not only for its green spaces, playing fields and flowers, but also for the fabulous water features. Triton fountain was designed by William McMillan of Trafalgar Square fame. It adds a touch of fantasy in…

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