Featured Author: Eichin Chang-Lim

Eichin Chang-Lim

Bio

Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim is a semiretired optometrist, a multi-award-winning author, a wife, and a mother to 2 children. She and her husband had a private optometry practice in Los Angeles. They live in Orange County, California.

In a recent interview, the author said, “You might have noticed that romance and inspirational are my niche genres. I write romance because I find it to be an intriguing genre. Relationships are quite involved in real life. Therefore, I use romance to depict the intricacies of relationships. Ultimately, it evolves into an inspirational and thought-provoking tale. Readers will discover that I tend to tell love stories beyond the confines of romance. I strive to convey the kind of love that is much broader and more profound than romantic or physical love. I strongly believe that love is more than a four-letter word. It’s multidimensional. It involves sacrifice, forgiveness, trust, demoting one’s ego, or even ‘letting it go’ at times. I also like to encompass the love of friendship, family, and even little pets in my stories.”

“As a romance writer, I write with my heart and soul. My mindset is that if my story can make a difference in even one person’s life, it’s all worth it, and that’s what love is all about,” she added.

Eichin modeled during college in Taiwan and was in several short films, including a supporting role in the comedy Indy/feature film Winning Formula. She has written five books: FLIPPING: An Uplifting Novel of Love, A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent, Love: A Tangled Knot, TheLoveLock, and YOUR PRECIOUS SIGHT: An Optometrist’s Most Memorable Cases

During the preorder period, YOUR PRECISOU SIGHT hit the #1 New Release in seven categories at least once: Optometry, Physician & Patient Diagnosis, Eye Problems, Reference, Preventive Medicine, Aging, and Ophthalmology.

Besides acting and writing, she loves opera and a big bear hug. Learn more about the author at www.eichinchanglim.com

Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eichin-Chang-Lim/e/B00J79SY2Q?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000  (bit.ly/EichinChangLim_Amazon)

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Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/eichin-chang-lim (bit.ly/EichinChangLim_BB)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EichinChangLim

FB: https://www.facebook.com/authoreichinchanglim/

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Eichin Chang-Lim http://www.eichinchanglim.com/

List of all your published books

FLIPPING

  1. FLIPPING: Bronze Medal(Fiction-Inspirational) Awards from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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  • “FLIPPING: An Uplifting Novel of Love” is a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Award (in the Inspirational category.)
  • FLIPPING was Official Selection in the “Inspirational” category, 2017 New Apple Summer eBook Awards @NewAppleAwards
  • The Award of Literary Excellence from The Dog Ear Publishing
  • Award Winning B.R.A.G.Medallion

Assessment:

Plot: The plot is well paced throughout the book’s three separate segments. Although the characters in all of the segments eventually connect, the varying ages of the protagonists make the book’s genre unclear.

Prose/Style: The tight, straightforward writing style provides for an engaging and thoughtful read.

Originality: The story is full of unique details and storylines. The author offers insight to the families’ experiences through life’s highs and lows.

Character Development: The characters are layered and well-developed. Readers will root for their success and will be sympathetic to the challenges they face.

Blurb: An engaging read, depicting familial love and triumph while dealing with life’s challenges.

Judge’s Commentary #1_FLIPPING.

We begin with an engaging opening, a natural pull to wade deeper into the story. We have a lot to connect to — characters, setting, cultural traditions of Taiwan – and author excels marvelously in presenting each for the reader to easily absorb. Setting enjoys the author’s great instinct for the visual and sensory to bring each scene to life. I especially liked the gorgeous phrasing at the beginning: ‘the first scenes of their love tenderly framed.’ Just as we’re so comfortable absorbing this establishing phase, we speed up and jet into a fast pace as the pregnancy leaps into our awareness and presence. It’s a big responsibility to have the story reach that high bar of pacing and character engagement, all done so well. Author provides a nice measure and cadence of the story’s energy. Quieter characters at first seem like they need more layering (Maylan), but we soon get it that their flatness has a great amount of dimension, saying much, quietly. Very well done. We now spend a lot of time on Christa’s childhood deafness, then many details of her syndrome. To keep us from getting swallowed by all of the medical and technical issues, author saves the day with a stellar description: “she felt like a bag of twigs.” There it is, the connection to feeling! Author handled Mrs. Tang’s death scene with a marvelous instinct to avoid overdoing the death scene, only leaving us with the sinking feeling of her confusing the husband and son. Emotionally-wrought. Excellent dialogue structure and experience, a standout feature of this book. There is much to enjoy here.

Judge’s Commentary #2_FLIPPING:

Flipping: An Uplifing Novel of Love presents with a fun, busy graphically illustrated cover art design. In all honesty, it is not the best cover I’ve seen from this author, but it is okay. The production quality is very good and strong editing throughout helps to make this a great pick. What I loved most about this book was the way that this author has a fantastic reach and finesse at tackling issues and reaching the heart of the reader. Love that you had a deaf character and how you followed the journey of JonSun and SuAnn with passion throughout—their interwoven plot lines are beautifully crafted. You also do a fantastic job of realistic dialogue for the age group. That’s not easy to do! This is a nice, sweet romance that really grabs the reader from the get go. Now, I will make one editorial note about the overuse of “ly” adverbs. Be sure that you drop those whenever possible—keep your writing active. Those overused words can cause the passive “show versus tell” effect. But, no major complaints here. Great entry, as always! Thanks for sharing your world with us and best of luck with your continued writing journey.

A Mother’s Heart

  1. A Mother’s Heart: Gold Medal (Nonfiction-Parenting) Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.


2.  “A Mother’s Heart” has been honored as a “Finalist” in the “Parenting & Family” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards📚🌟.

  • A MOTHER’S HEART has received the New Apple Award in Parenting category!
  • 13th NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS Finalist in SELF-HELP: GENERAL
  • 2019 eLit Awards Gold Medal Winner in both Parenting and Juvenile/Young Adult Non-Fiction categories.

2019 eLit Award, GOLD Medal-Parenting

2019 eLit Award, GOLD Medal-Juvenile/Young Adult Non-Fiction

     13th National Indie Excellence Award, Finalist-General Self-Help

     2018 Readers’ Favorite, GOLD Medal-Nonfiction Parenting

     2017 New Apple Award, SOLO ”Medalist Winner”-Parenting

2017 Best Book Award, Finalist-Parenting & Family

Love, A Tangled Knot

  1. LOVE: A TANGLED KNOT was chosen as the solo ”Medalist Winner” in the Young Adult Inspirational category of the annual New Apple Literary Award. I am thrilled and honored.
  • 13th NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS Finalist in NEW ADULT FICTION

3. The 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Coming of Age, Family Saga, Inspirational, New Age Fiction, Romance/General.

Judge’s Commentary #1_Love, A Tangled Knot:

The book opens by effectively dropping the reader into a well-rounded setting with enough physical and sensory details to create a realistic and well-rounded, 3D place. The characters who inhabit this space are growing into their realism in fine pace. Author has succeeded in avoiding cliché as she creates a sense of the mundane. Not everyone has to have fireworks in their relationships and their lives, and they do a pretty good job of convincing themselves that this is fine, normal, and satisfying. The reader gets a good sense that a change is coming. Great establishment of expectation as well as connection to the characters. Author writes sarcasm well, using that tool in her dialogue toolbox to create a crisp characters and differentiate characters from one another. Kayla and Russell becoming parents is a wonderful moment where author has charged with the lesson that adversity reveals characters. While the birth of a child isn’t automatically adversity, it is a challenge for such young parents. Russell steps up and impresses with his maturity and commitment. I enjoyed the author’s choice to steer far from cliché and give the reader a fresh take on the unexpected dad. Well done. Kayla’s relief is also measured without drama, to good effect. I enjoyed the author’s creativity in physical description, such as ‘almond-colored curls’ and –my favorite of the book for its freshness – ‘rusty-looking guys.’ Author has a talent for description. The author may have telegraphed Russell’s coming legal troubles, but the reader still experiences that fall in the stomach when we realize that he’s going to be far from Kayla and the baby. We mourn the influence he could have been. Relationships evolve over time, with author avoiding any rushing of relationship turns. We end with a sense of fairness with the cooking contest, a new start for Kayla, and well-developed characters who have grown slowly and naturally into their strengths. Very well done. I enjoyed the sense of movement the author kept as a feature throughout the book, and the nicely-crafted story structure.

Judge’s Commentary #2_Love, A Tangled Knot:

Love: A Tangled Knot features great characters facing real life struggles that bring the characters to life and win over the reader immediately. I’m so excited to get to read another book by this talented author. In this book, the characters are Kayla and Russell and, yet again, I’m drawn to them early on and cheering them on through their inevitable journey. This author has a knack for the genre and way of tapping into a very volatile generation. I’m really impressed with this book. Now, the plot is not quite as strong as others I’ve read but still well-written and beautifully organized. No major editorial issues were noted. I would like to say that while the cover is nice—I wasn’t quite as blown away by it as I have been on other covers. Not a huge ordeal, but just worthy of note here. Fabulous entry and a fabulously talented author. I love that the author knows how to reach her audience (whether that by young adults or adults of any age). This book can really reach the reader on so many levels. Keep up the amazing work! I hope to read yet more from you in the near future.

<br><i>”I enjoyed navigating the hearts of the characters, feeling their desperation as the conflict reaches crisis point, and wondering what will happen next. Eichin Chang-Lim injects realism into the story and makes it feel as if it is unfolding before the reader.”</i> ~ Editorial Review

<br><i>”This author has a knack for the genre and way of tapping into a very volatile generation. I’m really impressed with this book.”</i> ~Award Judge’s Commentary

<br><i>”I love that the author knows how to reach her audience (whether that by young adults or adults of any age). This book can really reach the reader on so many levels.”</i> ~Editorial Review

Assessment:

Plot: Young love, teen pregnancy and a mistake that puts Russell Mancini away for seven years forces Kayla to grow up fast. How she survives and ultimately makes a better life for herself and her daughter makes for an inspiring story for young adults, while the twist in the middle of the book and the Hallmark movie-ending make it entertaining, as well.

Prose/Style: For a romance novel, the prose is good without being too schmaltzy. And, there are some descriptions that truly sing, like the trailer park prose.

Originality: The addition of the prison sentence that separates young lovers here is interesting. Also, the struggles the couple go through after Russell gets out of prison are well written.

Character Development: While the female lead can be a bit clichéd at times, she is strong and admirable overall. The male lead undergoes some very interesting changes throughout the book as well. The character of Dr. Nick would benefit from the addition of some of these memorable and sympathetic elements.

The LoveLock

2019 IndieReader Discovery Award, WINNER-New Adult

2019 Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze-Urban Fiction

2019 eLit Award, Bronze-Romance

2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award, FIRST Place-Young Adult

2018 National Indie Excellence Award, Finalist-New Age Fiction

2018 Annual Indie Book New Apple Literay Award, Official Selection-Psychological Suspense

2018 Readers’ Favorite, Honorable Mention – Young Adult Romance                                         

2019 American Fiction Awards WINNER – in Urban Fiction

 “Plot stands as very well-crafted, circular, with breathing space at the perfect places, and exceptional voice for all characters. Well done.” ~Award judge’s commentary

“ The book has a lot of twists to it.”~Award judge’s commentary

“I fell in love with this story, the characters, and the author’s amazing writing style swept me away from beginning to end. So, basically, I loved this book. What else can I say?” Award judge’s commentary

“…on the technical side, this is clean concise writing with a smooth writing style and an author whose voice is perfect for the genre. No issue with pacing, structure or anything plot wise.”~Award judge’s commentary

 “Strong character development is probably the best part of this book. I feel like I know Violet and Dylan. They are real, relatable, sympathetic characters.” ~Award judge’s commentary

“…intriguing and easy to read. I was happy with the plot and the ending.”~Award judge’s commentary

“…no black holes or unsatisfying moments or ending. And, I really appreciated the way the author handled the mental illness angle. Nicely done.”~Award judge’s commentary

  1. The LoveLock: Honorable Mentions (Young-Adult-Romance) ➡Readers’ Favorite Book Awards @ReadersFavorite
  2. The LoveLock, has been awarded First Place in Young Adult category for the theWriter’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. (You’ve won $1,000 in cash, an announcement in the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, a $100 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Shop, and a one year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine.
  • New Apple Literary Services 

Your book ‘The LoveLock‘ was chosen as an “Official Selection” in the PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE category of our Fifth Annual Indie Book Awards! 

  • the2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Bronze in Urban Fiction

5.    The IndieReader Discovery Awards:   Winner in the New Adult category for the 2019 The Indie Reader Discovery Awards  

 

 

  • 13th NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS Finalist in NEW AGE FICTION
  •  2019 eLit Awards Bronze in Romance
  • The 2019 American Fiction Awards Winner in Urban Fiction

Judge’s Commentary #1 _ THE LOVELOCK:

The author begins the book with a very successful visual description setting the reader off on a promise of depth and experience. We get the contrast between navy ships and ‘lackadaisical sailboats that floated by with no agenda.’ By separating appearance and function in the description, the author add life to the scene, looking at a simple seascape with the eyes of an artist. Well done. When function is added to any description/setting, description better pulls us into the scene. Author does a beautiful job at making us cringe at Violet’s choices and path. We’re moved by a character we haven’t known long at all, a sign that author is succeeding at connection characterization. Author gives thought to the function of rooms, such as Edwin’s apartment, allowing us to step more deeply into them. When the story flashes back to childhood, the flashback is helped and given such authenticity by the use of shorter sentences, a staccato delivery that feels very real. Nicely done. The author has a nice ear for dialogue. Logic and pace remain grounded in realism, and carry the reader into flashbacks, returning to present, and use of comparisons such as ‘the force of their collective disapproval hit her like a wave’ adds intention and judgment to a simple look. Author’s elevated understanding of exposition – as opposed to empty simplicity, like ‘they gave her a look’ – creates a soup of personality and life in the scenes. I thought the mental health center in Arizona felt a little rushed, uncharacteristically keeping it more shallow than other scenes. We would have gotten some stellar character layering in the healing process. I know this author could have achieved tremendous heights with the handling of how characters process their surroundings. So much sensory treasure to bring into the story. Which can feel real if a setting is too sharp and raw for the character to ‘go deep.’ Plot stands as very well-crafted, circular, with breathing space at the perfect places, and exceptional voice for all characters. Well done.

Judge’s Commentary #2_THE LOVELOCK:

When it comes to The Lovelock…at first glance, this cover will draw you in, lock you up, and throw away the key. Gorgeous cover and an even better story is locked inside the pages. I fell in love with this story, the characters, and the author’s amazing writing style swept me away from beginning to end. So, basically, I loved this book. What else can I say? Okay, so on the technical side…this is clean concise writing with a smooth writing style and an author whose voice is perfect for the genre. No issue with pacing, structure, or anything plot wise. Strong skills shine through and it is obvious that this author writes a lot and quite often. There is no way to hide the fact that this writer writes. Strong character development is probably the best part of this book. I feel like I know Violet and Dylan. They are real, relatable, sympathetic characters—really intriguing and easy to read. I was happy with the plot and the ending—no black holes or unsatisfying moments or ending. And, I really appreciated the way the author handled the mental illness angle. Nicely done. My only advice would be to drop unnecessary punctuation. So, for example, if you write internal dialogue in italics…you don’t also need to say “she thought” because it is redundant. That type of thing. Otherwise, this was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

2019 eLit Award, GOLD Medal-Parenting

2019 eLit Award, GOLD Medal-Juvenile/Young Adult Non-Fiction

     13th National Indie Excellence Award, Finalist-General Self-Help

     2018 Readers’ Favorite, GOLD Medal-Nonfiction Parenting

     2017 New Apple Award, SOLO ”Medalist Winner”-Parenting

2017 Best Book Award, Finalist-Parenting & Family

2017 New Apple Book Awards SOLO Medalist Winner – Young Adult Inspirational

13th National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist – New Adult Fiction

2018 Readers’ Favorite Award, Bronze Medalist – Fiction/Inspirational

2017 IAN Book of the Year Award Winner – Inspirational
2017 New Apple Summer eBook Awards, Official Selection – Inspirational
Award of Literary Excellence – Dog Ear Publishing
B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner

2018 Readers’ Favorite, Honorable Mention – Young Adult Romance

2019 IndieReader Discovery Award, WINNER-New Adult

2019 Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze-Urban Fiction

2019 eLit Award, Bronze-Romance

2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award, FIRST Place-Young Adult

2018 National Indie Excellence Award, Finalist-New Age Fiction

2018 Annual Indie Book New Apple Literay Award, Official Selection-Psychological Suspense

2018 Readers’ Favorite, Honorable Mention – Young Adult Romance

Most recent book published

Your Precious Sight: An Optometrist’s Most Memorable Cases

Genre: Non-fiction/Health Care/Wellness

  • bit.ly/YourPreciousSight (short link)

Are you petrified by the thought of permanently living in COMPLETE DARKNESS?


Did you know that the only way to detect insidious eye diseases in the early stage, a crucial step in preventing the loss of eyesight, is through a regular comprehensive eye exam?

Your Precious Sight is written by optometrist Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim. In this book, she shares the most memorable cases in her decades of being an eye doctor in an easy-to-read, insightful style. 

The stories span pediatrics to geriatrics and include lazy eyes, pink eyes, ocular allergies, refractive surgeries, the effects of diseases like multiple sclerosis and diabetes on your vision, eye twitching, floaters, flashing lights, dry eyes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and more.

This book is entertaining, fascinating, and informative. The author’s ultimate goal is to encourage you never to take your precious sight for granted.

Read this book and gain a better appreciation for that marvelous organ—the eyeball!

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 2 or 3 things about yourself that you have never revealed to your fans before.

In my childhood, we had a chicken farm in the backyard. I went with my grandma every mid-afternoon to gather the eggs. I learned how to tell whether an egg was fertilized or not by gazing at it against a flashlight, with my grandma’s help. The experiences of seeing a hen sitting on a clutch of eggs hatching out into fluffy baby chicks were always enthralling for me as a little child.

I had a rooster as a pet when I was in kindergarten. One day, he wandered away and never came home. My longing for his return and the pain of losing him lingered for a few years. I still dream about him once in a while.

Anything you would like your fans or fellow authors to know.

Every morning, I pray to God to grant me the strength and wisdom to face whatever the day throws at me, good or bad.

(I am a Christian and that’s my faith. I do respect all religions and others’ beliefs or non-beliefs. I think an individual has to experience the divine power personally.)

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