Hello, Claire! I’m so happy to have you here at Cinderella Stories again. Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for granting me this interview. First of all, congratulations on your new book, “Don’t Forget the Parsley.”
1. Would you please tell us about your books: Don’t Forget the Soap and Don’t Forget the Parsley. What led you to write these books and how long did you write these?
Thanks so much for inviting me back to Cinderella Stories. And appreciate all the good wishes and support on my new book.
Don’t Forget the Soap and Don’t Forget the Parsley are family memoirs. In many ways, Don’t Forget the Parsley picks up where Don’t Forget the Soap left off. Many of the stories from the first book were from my childhood and focused on early career experiences. While the second book still includes family anecdotes from when we were kids, there’s more I share about life after children, life after writing my book, etc. There are also a lot of fun stories about my father (and other family members) as well as my mother.
I’ve always wanted to document my parents’ story as new immigrants to Canada and the US, however, only when I had kids of my own did I have the inspiration and discipline to sit down and get it done. I wrote both books during maternity leave with my second and third child.
2. In a nutshell, what do you hope the readers would take away from your family memoirs?
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”
3. What’s your most cherished family tradition? Why is it important?
Breaking bread! That is, family meals. This can mean big holidays when it’s with all our relatives and friends or every day with just the five of us. Sitting down for dinner together has always been the highlight of every day for me because it’s when family members get to talk and share with no other distractions. No smart phones, tablets, blackberries or TV.
4. In an interview, you mentioned something about legacy. You said, and I quote, “A legacy can come in many forms. In one way, my children are my legacy. In another way, my family memoir is my legacy. If I had to summarize, I would like my legacy to be that I lived my best life, learning from my past, living in the present, and building for the future.”
Each and every one of us long to leave a legacy, what is your message to readers who are currently struggling to make their own mark?
Don’t underestimate the importance of simply living each day to the fullest. The right attitude combined with an appreciation of one’s own roots and values will lead to a successful and positive life.
5. On to the writing side, what is your writing process, do you work on an outline first or just go write without one?
I start with a very rough (and flexible) outline and then try to build out as much as I can.
6. What are the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’ve been delightfully surprised to learn how much the book has resonated with so many different people. Not just Filipinos and Filipino-Americans but all immigrants, women trying to balance it all, everyone who feels close to their family, etc.
7. Do you have other works in progress? Say, a third book on the family memoir?
I’m currently working with a number of amazing Filipina women (fellow awardees of FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World) on a book on women’s leadership.
8. We all have our own stories to tell. What do you think makes a good story? What are your tips to others who want to write their own memoir?
Agree, everyone has at least one book in them. “Write the book you want to read,” is a great piece of advice someone once gave me.
9. Your tips for aspiring authors?
- Book writing time can be anytime. Many people associate writing a book with going to a secluded place for days maybe weeks and knocking out a book… I had to squeeze in book writing in the 45 minutes between a client meeting and pumping session. Even if you get just one paragraph done during that time, it’s progress. Those minutes and paragraphs add up…
- Don’t be a perfectionist. In order to do #1 you can’t worry about sentences being perfect, tone being consistent… at least not as you’re in the book drafting phase. Plenty of time to clean up those things later.
There you have it, guys! One of my favorite authors, Marie Claire Lim Moore! I hope you enjoyed the interview. I sure enjoyed writing the questions. If you enjoyed this, you are bound to enjoy her books, too.
Happy reading! ❤
Don’t Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don’t Forget The Soap)
Marie Claire Lim Moore
Marie Claire Lim Moore builds on her first memoir, Don’t Forget the Soap, offering more entertaining stories about her family in this follow up. Like her first book, Don’t Forget the Parsley is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from her second-generation immigrant childhood in Vancouver and New York City mix with recent expat experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong where she balances multiple roles as wife and mother, corporate executive and author. Her positively Filipino parents continue to have a big influence on her whether it comes to managing family and career, meeting heads of state and world leaders or simply making new friends.
From stray observations (everything is funnier at church) and midnight anxieties (if Jessica Simpson gets to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why shouldn’t I?) to life mantras (don’t let perfection hold you back) and litmus tests (would you serve drinks at my mother’s art show?), Claire’s warm and honest storytelling will resonate with readers and leave them smiling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos, Isabel, and Sofia, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia.
Claire is regularly ranked among leaders in the Asian-American professional community and her experiences have been written about in The New York Times, USA Today, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping and People Asia. She enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women through her talks as well as her writing. Previous speaking engagements have been hosted by Standard Chartered Bank, The Financial Women’s Association of Singapore, and MasterCard Asia.
In 2014, Claire received the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) that recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields, and who are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, female mentorship and legacy. Claire is also featured in women’s empowerment expert Claudia Chan’s Remarkable Women Series along with female role models Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch and Zainab Salbi.