I am SO PSYCHED to be a part of the cover reveal for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE by debut author Lyn Liao Butler!!! This wonderful book is set to be released in July 2021, so mark your calendars and pre-order your copies (links below)!
I know Lyn from the writerly worlds of WFWA and 2020 Debuts, but in addition to being a trusted writer pal, she’s also my online fitness instructor and has helped me stay fit and sane throughout the pandemic and my pregnancy. As you’ll learn below, she’s a multi-talented creative (her Etsy shop is one of my happy places) and all-around wonderful person. I cannot wait to get my hands on her books!
Now without further ado, I give you the gorgeous cover and blurb for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE! And keep reading for our Q&A to learn more about Lyn and her work!
It’s finally here—the cover of Lyn Liao Butler’s debut! Coming July 6, 2021 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.
A woman confronts the scars of her past in order to embrace her true identity in this stunning debut by Lyn Liao Butler.
Lexa Thomas has never quite fit in. Having grown up in a family of blondes while more closely resembling Constance Wu, she’s neither white enough nor Asian enough. Visiting her father in Taiwan as a child, Lexa thought she’d finally found a place where she belonged. But that was years ago, and even there, some never truly considered her to be Taiwanese.
When her estranged father dies unexpectedly, leaving the fate of his Taiwanese family in Lexa’s hands, her safe life in New York City is no longer enough. She is faced with the choice to return to Taiwan and claim her place in her heritage . . . or leave her Taiwanese family to lose their home for good.
Armed with the advice of two half-sisters (one American and the other Taiwanese who can’t stand each other), a mother who has had a recent change in sexual orientation, and a man whose kisses make her walk into walls, Lexa finally confronts the person who drove her away from Taiwan all those decades ago. As the truth of the last fateful summer in Taiwan slowly unfolds, Lexa must stand up for herself and open her heart to family and love, or allow the repercussions of her family’s choices to forever dictate the path of her life.
About the Author
Lyn Liao Butler was born in Taiwan and moved to the States when she was seven. In her past and present lives, she has been: a concert pianist, a professional ballet and modern dancer, a gym and fitness studio owner, a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, an RYT-200 hour certified yoga instructor, a purse designer and most recently, author of multi-cultural fiction. Her mother swears she was not a Tiger Mom to Lyn. Lyn came about her over-achieving all by herself.
Having lived in New York City for over a decade, Lyn fled for the peace and quiet of the suburbs when she married her FDNY husband. She now resides on a lake with her Fireman, their son (the happiest little boy in the world) and their two stubborn dachshunds, Pinot and Lokie. When she is not torturing clients or talking to imaginary characters, Lyn enjoys cooking, sewing purses for her Etsy shop, spending time with her family and trying crazy yoga poses on her stand-up paddleboard. So far, she has not fallen into the water yet.
Q&A with Lyn Liao Butler:
AK: Tell us a little about yourself.
LLB: I was a professional ballet/modern dancer for years in NYC. I also became a personal trainer and fitness/yoga instructor at the same time since dancing doesn’t pay well. That turned into owning a gym in Manhattan for ten years, while opening an Etsy shop for my purses at the same time. When the gym closed, I started writing. Yes, I am Type A and always need to be doing something!
AK: What’s the premise of your book?
LLB: Finding your heritage. As a Taiwanese-American, I often felt split in two – not really Taiwanese and not really Asian. My MC Lexa feels that same divide and has to decide if she will go back to Taiwan and claim her heritage when her estranged father dies.
AK: What inspired you to write it?
LLB: I’ve always wondered what it would be like to look Asian on the outside but have been brought up in an American family. From there, Lexa and her story were born.
AK: What are you most looking forward to this debut year? And conversely, what are you most nervous about?
LLB: Having people read my book! I know a lot of people are nervous about that but I can’t wait to see my book up on websites and to see it in bookstores and have people talking about it. And I’m most nervous that the book won’t sell at all and will be a dud!
AK: What authors do you admire and/or have influenced your development as a writer? Please feel free to add specific books, we love recommendations!
LLB: I completely idolize Liane Moriarty. She is the reason I started writing. I went through a really rough year in 2013, when everything in my life fell apart. Reading her books made me feel as if someone gets it because she brings up such universal themes in her books but does it with a sense of humor that made me laugh out loud. I also loved the domestic suspense elements in her books which kept me riveted, and I knew I wanted to write books like her. I’d love to be called the Asian Liane Moriarty. J
AK: What are you working on now?
LLB: I’m working on Book 3, which will be set in Kauai. It deals with mental illness and depression, which in the Asian cultures, has been looked upon as something to be ashamed of and not real. Even though it is a heavier topic, there are still light and funny moments in it (at least I hope they are funny!). And as with all my books (I’m coming to realize), someone dies. Someone seems to die in all my books for some reason.
Release date: July 6, 2021
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