Stella Torres’ first book, Save the Cake, was one of the first Filipino-written romance books I read. I loved it so much I read more, and look at me now. Haha! I’m thrilled to help Stella promote her new book, Crushingly Close (out on July 19!) which you can hear all about after the jump.
Here’s a new idea. When I write, I always find myself relentlessly Googling things for my characters–quirks, usually depending on the job. But I wondered if it would be helpful if I wrote a Settings Primer to the different places I visited, just in case anyone wanted it. So without any further ado, here’s a quick primer of things you need to know when you want to set your story in Hong Kong. With pictures.
I’ve been going in and out of Hong Kong since I was a little girl, and the city has changed massively since I first started going. It’s become a powerhouse, a place where westerners can come and be fascinated by Asia without feeling too alienated. Most people speak English, and it’s impossible to take a walk down the street without seeing a Filipino. Here are some things to consider when you want to set your story in Hong Kong.