ShaLi is a pseudonym to protect the identities of people who inspired characters in this fast paced and gorgeously patterned international spy thriller series An American in Beijing. Names have been changed.
When she first started writing this story, ShaLi was living and working in the capitol of the largest country in the world. She just packed her bags, said goodbye to friends and family in California, and joined the millions of modern Chinese.
Not only is a pseudonym useful to shield ShaLi's friends and colleagues from unwanted intrusion into their lives by a paranoid and paternalistic government, but also to protect the author from being blacklisted by the PRC. It's a futile effort, though, she knows, since the sovereign nations have already infiltrated her networks and probably know everything anyway.
Don't be tricked by the verisimilitude into forgetting this is fiction!
Beijing Abduction is her first novel. She imagines there will be more in the series An American in Beijing.