Chat With an AuthorA Chat with Chloe Gong

A Chat with Chloe Gong


Today we are pleased that guest writer Chloe Gong will come to talk to us about history, representation and monsters from her book These violent pleasures.

Chat with Chloe Gong

Book smugglers: These violent pleasures Prominently shows rival gangs competing for power and leading to chaos and corpse counting – as well as a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River, leading to even greater chaos and a higher number of corpses. What research have you done if at all to capture your vision of the 1920s Shanghai?

Chloe: It was a combination of technical research (known as flipping through history books and spending hours each time in my school library) and questions from my parents and relatives Much Of questions! I wanted the environment to feel as real as possible even while inventing fantastic elements like monster and deadly infection. Although it’s a fiction, Shanghai in the real history of the 1920s was still this glittering and vibrant place, and I wanted to capture its atmosphere as much as possible in a combination of culture and facts so that readers really feel they are there at this time these fictional events take place.

Book smugglers: Talk to us a little bit about Shakespeare, and the impact Romeo & Juliet Was on you and this book.

Chloe: I’m a Shakespeare nerd. Sometimes people think it means I’m some great English major who can understand his plays very easily, and while I’m in the morning Bachelor of English (however, the big part of the brain has to be determined), I also have a hard time understanding Shakespeare so it feels rewarding when I dive in and work through the language to perform with all this rich thematic content and these art choices. There is gold buried beneath the old and complicated English! Romeo & Juliet Is such a touchstone text for later evolving themes of Western literature! This book was basically my effort to re-engage with key issues that have always inspired me, other than a fresh spin and a new cultural lens that has never been seen before.

Book smugglers: You said this book is your love letter to Shanghai, Shakespeare and your young self, seeking representation in YA fiction. You told us about the first two pillars that inspired your book, but we’ll be happy to explore the importance of representation in your work. (especially Now, through the lens of the world in 2021, where the clear legacy of colonialism and AAPI hatred is painfully widespread.)

Chloe: For me, representation in fiction is to show the world as it is. It’s about telling our stories, and putting fully realized identities on the page: people who get to experience stories as whole human beings, not just as Asian or Chinese people. Marginal identity paints the way someone sees the world, and stories that explore it as its main focus are super important and need a place in mainstream fiction, but I also grew up with fantastic stories of girls (girls) just saving the world and going on adventures, and I wanted to write stories like this , Only with heroines who will allow my teenager to see herself right on the page.

Book smugglers: If you could host a grand gala suitable for an era with figures from These violent pleasures, And any other character from any other fictional world: who and why? And what would you serve?

Chloe: Ooh, the characters of Cassandra Claire The last hours trilogy! On a technical level the time periods are already matched, but also because I think Juliette and Matthew Fairchild will be great friends, so it would be utterly insane. At the gala you can serve the best wine you can buy with money and all the excellent dishes of Shanghai.

Book smugglers: Finally, a question we ask all of our interviewees: We book smugglers have come across condemnation because of the huge amount of books we carry home on a daily basis. As such, we occasionally resorted to “smuggling books” home to escape judicial and scrutiny eyes. Have you ever had to smuggle books?

Chloe: I used to devour books at my local library, and since I went in about every week, I had to make sure I was taking home enough so that my choice would really last me seven days because I was such as Quick reader. Although I never smuggled anything outside, I had to hide some books in a bag or carry them on two trips because every time I carried the whole pile of like, 15 books from the library doors to my mom’s car, I would get so many weird side eyes.

About the writer

Chloe Gong is New York Times Bestselling author of These violent pleasures And its sequel Our violent end. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied English and international relations. Chloe, who was born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, is now based in New York and pretends to be a real adult.

After devouring the entire YA section at her local library, she began writing novels of her own at the age of 13 to entertain herself, and has been very entertaining ever since. Chloe is known to appear mysteriously by hymns “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and unworthy of its pop culture” In the mirror three times.

You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok under @thechloegong. She is represented by the wonderful Laura Croquet B- Literary Agency TriadaUS.

Regarding the book

The year is 1926, and Shanghai is humming to the sounds of debauchery.

A blood battle between two gangs runs red in the streets, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Kai, a former flipper who has returned to her role as the proud heiress of the Scarlett gang – a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought Scarlett for generations. And behind every move stands their heiress, Rome Montgov, Juliet’s first love … and the first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability that culminate in getting their throats out, people start whispering. Of contagion, of madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths pile up, Juliette and Rome have to put their guns – and their resentment – aside and work together, because if they can not stop this commotion, then there will be no city left for either of them to control.

Perfect for fans The Last Wizard and Descendant of the crane, This heartbreaking debut is a figment of the imagination Romeo & Juliet A reconstruction takes place in Shanghai of the 1920s, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.


Thea James is half the crazy duo behind the book smugglers. She is Filipino-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia and Japan. A full-time book geek who works in publishing for her daily work, Thea currently lives in Astoria, Queens with her partner and the crazed cat. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (Available August 31, 2021) is her first cookbook.



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