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I'm Jane - mother, English teacher, and writer. Shortly after I was born in Hong Kong, my family moved to Vancouver. Over the years I have lived in both cities, but I am currently living in Hong Kong again. My husband and I have two sweet but boisterous children and one extremely shy leopard gecko named Snowy.

My passions are reading and writing. I love to lose myself in a good book, but often don't have time to read until everyone in my home is asleep! I do most of my reading on my Kindle, in bed and in the dark. My favorite book of all time is probably Joyland, by Stephen King. I'm currently reading the marvelous The Unwalled City (Xu Xi) and and re-reading The Year of Living Biblically (A.J. Jacobs), one of my favorite memoirs.

My writing generally revolves around the issues I mull over most - love in all its forms, faith, parenting, marriage, in-law relationships, insecurity. I usually write at night, after the children are asleep, and sometimes at a coffee shop while waiting to pick the kids up from playgroup.

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Norah—a vivacious ESL teacher living in Hong Kong—deftly straddles two worlds: she is Chinese, but because of her upbringing, she sees life through a western lens. But these two worlds collide when she meets sweet, chivalrous Ben and marries him against her parents’ wishes. Suddenly a wife and daughter-in-law in a traditional Chinese household, Norah is torn between speaking Chinese and English, between being Ben’s wife and her own person, and between giving in to her difficult mother-in-law’s senseless demands and standing up for herself and the way she wants to raise their baby, Joey.  

All Ben’s life, he has put his own needs last. Raised by a single mother, he was taught from a young age that, as her son, he owes her a great debt, that his duty is to care and provide for her at any cost. But Ben, a budget photographer aspiring to improve his English skills, did not expect to fall helplessly in love with his young, bubbly ESL teacher at his first lesson. After they move into his mother’s apartment to begin their married life, he finds himself running in circles in an attempt to keep the peace, to no avail: despite his best efforts, his mother continues to be critical and disapproving, and his wife remains quietly discontent.

When Ben’s mother repeatedly puts baby Joey’s life in danger, Norah and Ben realize they cannot go on like this. How much are they willing to give up for their happily ever after—or is a happy ending firmly out of reach for a couple like them?

My debut novel, ALL I EVER WANTED, is coming out with Earnshaw Books in April 2023!

Art credit: @spacewoomanart 

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