My Fair Concubine: Literary & Folkloric References

Text of: Great Tang Records on the Western Regions


It’s obvious My Fair Concubine was inspired by the classic tale of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, but the story is actually an homage to many more works that might not be familiar to readers not familiar with Chinese culture. So what were the Chinese works also referenced throughout the book? I’ve always been impressed with the culture of literacy in Tang Dynasty China so I couldn’t set a book in Changan, a center of literature and art, without mentioning some literary works. Since the book doesn’t have extensive author’s notes, I thought I’d give a little information about them here.

Forgive my extensive use of Wiki here to provide quick links and references. This is meant to be a summary and a survey and not an in-depth research bibliography. Continue reading

Release Day: The Dragon and the Pearl

Today is the official release day of my second book: THE DRAGON AND THE PEARL.

Champagne for everyone! Well, sparkling apple cider for me.

Come over and celebrate with a geeky history blog about Tang Dynasty Courtesans and their sexual and societal role in imperial China. There’s also a book giveaway if you’re feeling lucky.

Tang Dynasty courtesans: High class prostitutes?

Do I know how to party or what? As you may have guessed it, at any given party I’m the one in the corner munching on cheese and crackers and hanging with the other nerds.

The Most Beautiful Courtesan of Them All…

Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone–until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away…

Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell–yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend…

For more book information and excerpt, Click here.