Ed Lin Talks About His Latest Book, ‘Ghost Month’

Emily Tan August 1, 2014 0


Award-winning writer and longtime AAJA member Ed Lin has just released his latest crime novel, “Ghost Month,” now available everywhere.

“Publishers Weekly said, “”For a guy who scoffs at the ghosts revered by so many of his fellow Taiwanese, droll everyman Jing-nan, a night-market food stall manager, ironically finds himself spending much of his time chasing one as he investigates the murder of his childhood sweetheart, Julia Huang, in this darkly comic thriller from Lin.”

Find out more about his book and writing process below.

What inspired “Ghost Month?”
I wanted to explore my Taiwanese heritage. What better area than the superstition surrounding the seventh lunar month, when certain Taoists and Buddhists believe the gates to the underworld are flung open and spirits menace the island?

Talk about your writing process with this book. How long did it take for you to write from start to finish?
Nearly two years. I throw out most of what I write. This book represents about 15%-20% of what I actually wrote.

Home borough?
Brooklyn, though born in Queens.

What’s next?
Everything, baby.

Why should we pick up “Ghost Month?”
If you want to ask me about the awful world of writing and publishing, I will be more amenable to helping you if you told me you’ve read and loved my books.

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