Name: Roselle Lim

Website: http://www.rosellelim.com

Asian background: Chinese-Filipino

What is it about your experience and upbringing that inspired you the most to write?

The food! I’m such a foodie and am always suffering from one craving or another. My father is the best cook I know and his cooking evokes so many memories. His specialty in cuisine ranged from Chinese, Filipino, to western dishes. First, I wanted to write about how food made me feel and then I found a story and a plot to match these emotions. To this day, I continue to delve into my back catalogue of favorite meals to find inspiration for future novels.

Name 3 authors and 3 books.

Suzanne Park – The Perfect Escape, Loathe at First Sight

Helen Hoang – The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test

Tif Marcelo – The Key to Happily Ever After, Once Upon a Sunset

What do you think is the best quality a writer can have?

Resilience. As a writer, you have many battles to fight. While the publishing industry is tough and rife with rejections, you also have to contend with self-doubt. Surviving all these hurdles with your mental health intact is as important as writing the words down on the page. Keep going, be kind to yourself, and know that I’m cheering you on.

Any last words? (Fun facts, comments, something you’d like to share with the world, etc.)

This is a dark time right now and finding comfort and joy in the little things shouldn’t cause anyone guilt. Take good care of yourself so you can take better care of those you love.

Challenge: Write a one-sentence story!

She picked up the knife and couldn’t decide what to stab it into- her husband or the slab of venison on the counter.

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is coming out on August 4, 2020. I received an ARC from Roselle’s publicist, which I am super excited to read and review! You’re a rockstar, Dache!

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