Thursday, June 27, 2013

365 Inspirations—178: My Book in Other Languages

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

 Last night, I was surprised to see a message from a woman in Croatia on my Lessons from the Monk I  Married Facebook Fanpage. She wrote this:

"Today was the release of the Croatian edition of your book. I would just like to say that the book inspired me so much and that I couldn't stop reading it once I started it. Your story is so touching and beautiful. Thank you very much and I wish you all the best in life. Best regards from Zagreb, Croatia."

Well, that message made my day AND she even sent a photo of the copy of the book now on sale in Croatia. It's one thing to publish a book and it's quite another to start seeing it pop up in other countries. The fact that people will be able to read it in other languages makes me happy.

I feel that my book, Lessons from the Monk I Married, is not tied to one place. It is a book about love, life, spirituality and travel. It is about crossing borders and boundaries and realizing that we are all human. It's a universal story actually.

As an ESL teacher, it's exciting to see the first translation of my book. I'm happy that people in other countries are enjoying it. Getting this message from Croatia makes me what to visit this country someday!

Soon, a Chinese language edition of my book will be on sale in Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. It will be fun to see what the cover will look like for this edition.

I've got two more books on the burner. I'm slowly developing these. Can't wait to share them with you, but it may take some time before they are ripe and ready for public view!

What's your favorite book from another country?


  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - a Swedish book. Have you read it?

    1. Didn't read the book, but I did see the movie. (I know it should be the other way around! ^_^!)

  2. That is so exciting. Congratulations!!

  3. Wow that is just great and well deserved, I might add!! Congratulations!