Junying has graciously given me space to guest blog about my latest book, Stranger at Sunset. It’s my first mystery novel and a departure from a genre I’ve become known for—literary erotica.
I’m thrilled to be here because Junying and I have been friends for some time now. We have many things in common—a love of food, travel, and of course—books, because we are both writers. Any one of these subjects would have made an ideal blog topic, but then …
I remembered something about Junying, which I had forgotten. And I thought it might be even more fascinating for her readers to learn my first impression of her.
We met online at the end of 2011, and I remember Junying intimidated me at first.
It had nothing to do with her, of course, as most first impressions are made up of our own biases and insecurities. It’s even more difficult in the virtual world because we lack the full use of our senses when we “meet” someone. We don’t really see or hear them except through photos and words on a page. Based on very little, we make judgments of people that help us decide if we want to continue or not continue a relationship.
By the time I met Junying, she had already written two books and was penning her third in her Journey to the West trilogy. She was an accomplished chef, world traveler, multi-lingual, a skilled photographer, and a scholar. In other words—a very talented, successful woman.
It made me wonder if I would measure up to be her friend. I laugh now because my first impression of Junying changed once we spoke online via emails. I immediately felt a kinship with her and knew we would become fast friends.
First impressions tie into my book because the story is built on the concept of people meeting each other, some for the very first time.
I explore how initial impressions of people can be inaccurate by creating an uncertain atmosphere at a beautiful Jamaican resort. There is tension amongst the small group of vacationers. They are there for a holiday and to enjoy themselves, but tolerating one another is not always easy. Some people are quick to judge others without knowing them, some are more accepting. It’s a fine balance in a group of strangers.
There is conflict, inhibitions, suspicion … and then there is murder.
I end with a question for readers: Have you ever judged someone based on a first impression and discover you were completely wrong? I know I have. Please feel free to comment and share your stories. I’d love to hear them.
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Thanks Junying for giving me this opportunity to share with your readers. I really enjoyed offering a small piece of the puzzle to my book.
Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.
An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!
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