It’s been months since I last posted, because I’ve devoted most of my time and energy to writing Love and the Forbidden City. Half of my time was spent on researching for historical facts, which was both rewarding and frustrating. It was rewarding because I learned so much about Qing dynasty history, frustrating because it was still difficult to find the information I wanted, despite the plethora of information available online. While learning those valuable facts, I got the idea of sharing them with my readers. Now with my book in the hands of my editor for a second pass, I finally have the time for the task. I’ll begin with the historical event most important to my book, namely, the competition for the throne among Kangxi’s sons.
The Chief’s Runaway Bride is inspired by the story of Xiao Shuming, a Han woman who married a Mosuo chief. The article below from China Daily provides a detailed account of her incredible story:
The Mosuo are one of the fifty-six ethnic groups in China. Their unique walk-marry custom brought them fame in recent years. The Mosuo live with their maternal families even after they marry. As a result, the head of a household is a woman. Lugu Lake, where the Mosuo reside, is referred to as Country of Daughters, or Kingdom of Women in China.