Doing a Reddit AMA for The Men Made of Stone
Me: I never even thought of that.
Him: Well, why would you have?
After I put up that video on A Great First Date, something interesting happened: My sales essentially froze.
Now I first thought this was perhaps due to something I said or some way I came off, but my very talented marketing friend said simply, “I don’t think people expected you to be Chinese.”
It never occurred to me that might be an issue. But then I realized that all my popular dating posts had no mention of my ethnicity nor a picture of me; there was no reason for it.
JK Rowling was never actually called “JK” in her life. She made up that name because her publishers weren’t sure anyone would buy a book about a boy wizard from a woman.
That may have been a good move on their part. We’ll never know.
In hindsight, perhaps I should have written it under a pseudonym. But I suppose we’ll never know that either.
Being Asian has never been a problem or plus for me as an adult, it was just a fact of my life. No more or less.
Suppose time will tell how this all plays out.
On a related matter, I’m actually going to be doing an AMA on Reddit Books (/r/books) on the other book I wrote, called The Men Made of Stone, which is completely different from A Great First Date. It’s a full length novel on Asian gangs in NYC during the 1990s.
People that read that book first and then read the dating book are probably a bit surprised, and vice-versa.
In any case, I’ll tell you more about it as we get closer to the date – which is supposed to be March 27th at 5PM EST. So stop by and ask me anything!
And thanks to the guys at Flow Athletics for encouraging me to go do the AMA.